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To: rabscuttle385

Talked to a lot of my fellow Army pilots about this. With nearly 100% of my friends and co-workers polled, it’s nearly unanimous: If this happens, we all walk. We all get out when our current commitment is finished.

We have talked at length about how the country has asked for more and more out of each of us, and we continue to meet the demand, and now that the country is getting to the point it doesn’t need us, they are ready to toss us to the wayside.

I have payed for this country’s needs in years away from my wife and two children. YEARS. I perform a high-skill, high-stress job (AH-64D pilot)as flawlessly as possible in order to expedite my country’s goals. I don’t get compensated nearly the amount that my civilian counter-parts (aviators) do. Now, they want to pay me less.

They are wanting to cut our tuition assistance benefits as well. Just as I finally find time between deployments, constant training, and a family to attempt to finish my bachelor’s degree. Figures.

We Soldiers are all weighing the possible outcomes in the balance.....and Army life is beginning to lack more and more.

Pay us less. Change our retirement program that we signed up under. Cut our benefits. Make us pay Tricare premiums. Keep asking us to deploy for years of our lives.

Do these things, and the country will find itself without an Army.


31 posted on 06/12/2011 4:59:02 PM PDT by Nathan _in_Arkansas (Shut the deuce up!!! I'll do the fighting!!!)
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas

>>We have talked at length about how the country has asked for more and more out of each of us, and we continue to meet the demand, and now that the country is getting to the point it doesn’t need us, they are ready to toss us to the wayside.<<

All gave some, some gave all and now the government wants to give less.

I don’t blame you for wanting to walk. If the administration values stupid things like colostomy bags for illegal aliens or funding the anti-American propagandists at NPR over your service, then let barry the zero’s two kids take up the slack.

And thank you for your service. The only thing I can materially do is ensure a real Conservative gets elected in 2012 (be it Mr. Cain, Gov. Palin or maybe one of a few others).


36 posted on 06/12/2011 5:05:49 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas

I don’t think they can change the current plan; they will have to change it for incoming service members. What they can do is screw with the housing/subsistence allowance by making it taxable for instance. Actually, they could cap COLA adjustments and if we have high inflation military members will get a pay cut the difference between the COLA and the inflation rate. How is that “I Love Sodomy” training going?


53 posted on 06/12/2011 5:33:07 PM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas
I had a buddy at the range in San Diego. SEAL. Served from the opening days of Desert Shield. He was 5 days from retirement with a new civvie job lined up and a new home purchase in process in northern CA. Sept 11, 2001. An immediate "stop loss". Immediate assignment to new tasks with the SEALs. You may be prevented from leaving even if you no longer want to serve.
56 posted on 06/12/2011 5:49:07 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas

We used to pay 25% for tricare Gates wants to increase that and the joke is doctors and hospitasls don’t want to accept it anymore because they don’t get reimbursed or it takes up to a year to get paid. VA will only pay for approved disability if it is service connected.


65 posted on 06/12/2011 6:19:35 PM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas

They will have a new army, one that is more in tune with their agenda.


70 posted on 06/12/2011 6:41:04 PM PDT by itsahoot (We make jokes, they make progress. Progressivism, Support Palin, or get used to it.)
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas
Pay us less. Change our retirement program that we signed up under. Cut our benefits. Make us pay Tricare premiums. Keep asking us to deploy for years of our lives. Do these things, and the country will find itself without an Army.

It's exactly what is happening to private sector America.

Lost jobs, cut hours, cut pay, lost businesses, investments decimated, slashed and reduced medical benefits, then throw in soaring sky high prices of everything.

You can thank your leadership in D.C. and their globalist adventures all over the planet for this. It's all but left America broke and dead on the floor. The U.S. government spending like a drunk lotto winner, while shipping trillions into overseas endeavors has left us crippled, broke and vulnerable right *here* in our own homeland.

73 posted on 06/12/2011 6:50:08 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Nathan _in_Arkansas

“Do these things, and the country will find itself without an Army.”

Have you ever stopped to consider that this may be EXACTLY what many — if not most — democrats actually WANT?

Just sayin’....


100 posted on 06/12/2011 9:09:15 PM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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