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Posted on 02/16/2011 10:59:30 AM PST by saganite
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Wouldn’t not hiring the 15,500 new IRS agents for BaraqqiCare save even more money?
I can hear it now:
“Just because Washington did it, doesn’t mean we should do it.”
Draft? LOL what next you'll order a mandatory divorce as well if drafted then? Manning is a problem because of congress. Congress sets the allowed number of troops and that number has not changed but a few thousand since 1996 under Clinton. No not even 9/11 changed it but by a few thousand. Men were turned away at 9/11 because Mr Global Trade King didn't go to congress and say hey we need more troops nor did his recycled Ford era Sec of Def do such either. The decline started under Poppy continues today and not one POTUS has protested. That is what is causing major problems. Today's troops are seeing more deployments for longer times than those in WW2. They served four years the duration. Some guys today are doing eight on first sign up.
BTW I was an NCO at E-4. I was such about a third of my four year enlistment. On second enlistment nearly all were married usually struggling money wise E-5's.
As for the violence again much of it isn't due to marriage it's due to over deployments too close together. You can;'t keep sending men into combat a year, bring them home six months to a year, send them back, and repeat several this more times in 6-8 years without bad things happening behavior wise. It's not the marriage doing it it's the deployment policies.
If a person enlist today at 18 Uncle Sam now owns them till 26. Many times they will have to serve the 8 active or get home after 4-6 years, get married and at 7 years 6 months get called back up. When I enlisted in 76 I did four years and came home. Two years later my DC came in the mail. It was all volunteer back then. Actually I came home, married, and ended up in a job where I was gone for two weeks sometimes three and home for two days. The marriage was fine.
Do you think think it's fine to have our troops being paid poverty level pay? I don't. I don't think it right to demand they put their family plans on hold especially for 6-8 years either. Actually I think first enlistments should be limited to four years active duty and only a formal declaration of war be reason to call up a man in his remaining two years inactive. I would make the first enlistment obligation limited to six years under any circumstances with seperation from active at four. The only exception to a four year limit I can see justifiable is in such programs as the Navy Nuclear Propulsion where 18 months of schooling is required before reporting to first duty. That should be limited to six total and all active duty.
Our missions can't get smaller do the math. We are well under 300 ships thanks to Poppy, Clinton, Junior and Obama as well as congress. The ships are showing it too as they are over deployed and maintenance missed. Over half the Reagan military levels and programs are gone and have not been replaced. That is why our troops are being ran ragged today. The adults never showed up with the help. One Smirking Chimp lands on a carrier with a banner Mission Accomplished and the blind sheep were in awe of his support for the troops? Pay no attention to that over deployed into combat PFC or SGT with PTSD though or his pending court martial for assaulting poor Omar in Baghdad.
Reagan used the recession to fill the ranks of the military. In less than two years it went from being undermanned and offering $15-$18K retention bonuses for a second hitch to all billets filled. I know because after I married I tried to go back in. I was in a critical rating when I got out and turned down such a bonus.
“Cut somebody else’s pet project!” is the battle cry heard everywhere. Things aren’t THAT bad, I guess.
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