The Marine Corps could cut 10,000 additional troops and still function at a high level, according to a paper co-authored by Adm. Gary Roughead, the former top officer in the Navy. The Corps has already committed to reducing its troop levels from 202,100 to 182,100 over four years. "[T]he Marines' structure is too much dictated by Congress' stipulations than it is by the needs of future challenges," the paper argues.

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