Civilian count is around 21~22k. While cuts have been proposed, they are not enough.
Military personnel numbers are as follows:
Besides the civilian service bloat, look at all this top-rank dead weight.
So where do we get some inspiration for trimming this nonsense?
Cdr Salamander has an idea. The Italians.
"We currently have 183,000 soldiers and 30,000 civilians in defence. We will gradually bring that down to 150,000 soldiers and 20,000 civlians, with a reduction of around 43,000," Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola said. "This target can be achieved in a decade with a 20-percent or 30-percent reduction in hirings, transfers to other civil service jobs and temporary work options," Di Paola told lawmakers at a defence committee hearing. The number of admirals and generals would also be reduced by "more than 30 percent" from the 425 currently in service, Di Paola said.
And, how much of the now $27B per year budget spent by the EDB delivers real combat value?