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WASHINGTON – Hundreds of billions of dollars in sequestration cuts to the Defense Department are seriously affecting U.S. Army trainers and their defense contractors who train officers in the infantry, tanks artillery and military intelligence, among other areas, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Informed U.S. intelligence sources tell WND the Army is going through its third round of major cuts in four years.

“It’s hack and slash,” a source said, as some 80 percent of the contractors will be cut, greatly affecting the quality of training.

“It’ll make the organization (Army) partially unworkable,” he said. “The Army will accept crappy, non-existent training so long as they can say that they’ve trained students. There’s less than the prescribed number of instructors per student.”

In cutting back on contractors for training, the Army will have to pick up the slack by pushing the military through classes to meet quotas – “except there were not enough of them to teach or (the Army) wouldn’t have needed contractors.”

“Of course, this affects readiness,” the source said.

In one example, a “pre-deployment checklist” course was set up for 60 personnel, but up to 180 were placed in the course at a time, requiring drastic curtailment and elimination of some essential elements in order to be completed “in the normal allotted period.”

This type of consolidation was due to the drastic cut in instructors of up to 80 percent.

“What we’ve got here at the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course is a pile of contractors and a skeleton crew of active duty military officers,” the source said. “These active duty guys don’t have the instructor training, nor the military experience (since) a lot of the cadre are captains or majors, so you’re talking five to 12 years of experience, versus the contractor with 20 plus, and (because) they don’t know the lesson plans because we don’t gin them up here, they’re provided to us by the Command and General Staff College.

“I honestly don’t know what they’re going to do,” he said. “They won’t be able to teach the classes, there will be a long period where entire classes of students will be sitting around instructed to ‘teach themselves.'”

The outlook, the source said, isn’t promising.

“Very likely, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, the Army will have to re-hire a bunch of contractors back, but nobody can sit around for months hoping that the Army will hire them back,” he said. “They’ll have to find new jobs elsewhere – generally a disaster no matter how you slice it.”

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