March 17

Charles Krauthammer [“How to stop Putin,” op-ed, March 14] indicated that we are reducing the Army “to 1940 levels.” In 1940, the United States had quite a number of soldiers in non-fighting support roles (e.g. cooking, laundering clothes, etc.). In today’s Army, many of those services are performed by contractors. Are those contractors properly considered when we compare force levels?

Wayne Hundt, Palm City, Fla.