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For Pamela Willoughby, word of the Pentagon’s plan to shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades felt like a kick in the stomach.

The 24-year-old mother of two and wife of a Navy sailor said making ends meet while her husband is deployed is already tough. But if the Department of Defense sends him out onto the struggling job market, things could get even harder.

“I’m nervous about affording things like groceries, housing, utilities, child care and gas,” Willoughby, of Mayport, Fla., said. “I would literally be stuck taking a bike back and forth to work because of the price of gas alone.

“We do get benefits with health care, but we don’t get as many benefits as people think,” she added.