Skip to comments.Gates Pitches Military Pay Cuts
Posted on 06/12/2011 4:30:21 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
WASHINGTONThe coming round of Pentagon budget cuts will force lawmakers to consider reducing military pay and benefits, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday, raising an issue that could prove politically sensitive in a time of war
In what was billed as Mr. Gates's last major policy speech, the outgoing Pentagon chief said the government would have to "re-examine military compensation," consider altering the retirement system to bring down costs, and address spiraling health-care costs.
Trimming Pentagon spending, Mr. Gates said, "will entail going places that have been avoided by politicians in the past."
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Oh okay, no problem then.
Hypocrite asshat punks! America must Vote the RATs out on a rail.
Thank you for your support of our troops, who are worth much more than the pittances that they are paid!
Conscription was certainly a way to control costs, but it also allowed a higher degree of selectivity before the deferment nonsense began. The military was full of healthy young men and there was no need to reduce standards to accomodate females, as an example.
I didn’t see a great deal of very well paid soldiers in Iraq, considering the circumstances of their employment. If you’re willing to work seven days a week, over 12 hours a day, every day then yes, you can do much better in the civil sector. This is especially true if the military pension is not considered, and in most cases it will not apply because most service members don’t stick out the 20 years.