MINNEAPOLIS -- War weary after 11 years of combat, the U.S. military is retooling, rebalancing and retraining, drawing down its forces and facing extensive budget cuts for the first time in years.
As the active duty reduces its numbers, the country's reserve force will be asked to do more, and do it with less.
The Pentagon has been ordered to slash its budget by $487 billion over the next decade, cuts that will change the face of the modern American military.
In Minnesota, the 13,000-member Minnesota Guard will be most visibly affected by the changes.
The Guard's weekend warriors essentially will be put on permanent alert status -- a future that could include serving more frequently or for longer periods of time.
"You just never know what's going to happen in the future," said Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Maj. John Schwartz, whose team in south-central Minnesota was the state's top recruiter this year. "There are wars going on and we're here to fight them. …