Army downsizing will result in a loss of jobs, most of which will be realized through attrition and early retirement.

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JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD — Joint Base Lewis-McChord is expected to cut about 900 civilian jobs during the next few years.

The News-Tribune reports the job reductions will mostly be accomplished by not filling openings and offering incentives for early retirement.

The base employs more than 16,000 civilian workers.

The Army in July announced it planned to cut 17,000 civilian jobs across the service over the next few years.

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It has not said where those cuts would take place.

Greta Powell, chief of the base’s resource-management office, says the senior leaders at the base have been meeting to discuss how they’ll manage the installation with hundreds fewer workers in jobs from retail clerks to day-care providers.

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