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Army to Force out 550 Majors; Some in Afghanistan
ABC News ^ | August 1, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR - AP

Posted on 08/01/2014 2:34:55 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.

Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan.

The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but due to budget cuts must be down to 510,000 by October, and down to 490,000 by October 2015.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: army; military; militarypurge; nationalsecurity; obama
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1 posted on 08/01/2014 2:34:56 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

and the purge continues ... Has a democrat anywhere said, “It’s for the children”?


2 posted on 08/01/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You suppose they are just randomly selected,or will there be a pattern here?


3 posted on 08/01/2014 2:37:15 PM PDT by oldtech
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If you pass the Obama test and then swear allegiance you can stay


4 posted on 08/01/2014 2:37:44 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

to be replaced by more homosexuals, and cross dressers.


5 posted on 08/01/2014 2:38:45 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And the Congress fiddles, while America’s power and respect from its allies burns....


6 posted on 08/01/2014 2:38:53 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Up-or-out time again.
I wonder if my brother will survive it?


7 posted on 08/01/2014 2:39:08 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: manc

The purge continues


8 posted on 08/01/2014 2:39:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

That’s what you call a Major Purge —


9 posted on 08/01/2014 2:39:15 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s OK - I hear Putin is hiring in that profession.


10 posted on 08/01/2014 2:39:56 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
A nice article from a few years ago from a 'progressive' site. Worth the read.

The Pentagon's Biggest Overrun: Way Too Many Generals


11 posted on 08/01/2014 2:41:51 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: oldtech

I think we know what they are looking for.

I bet they had those “surveys” handy. Remember when they queried soldiers about their loyalty to the Constitution and Commander in Chief? or shooting Americans?

something like that, my memory is vague


12 posted on 08/01/2014 2:42:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Correct Geron. Wonder where we find the lists?


13 posted on 08/01/2014 2:43:48 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: GeronL

Do you suppose those lists were on lois lerners hard drive?


14 posted on 08/01/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: GeronL

another guess ... jarrett.


15 posted on 08/01/2014 2:47:31 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Jarrett is probably the right answer


16 posted on 08/01/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: no-to-illegals

I doubt voting in the military on foreign bases is all that secret... maybe that is how they selected them


17 posted on 08/01/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

All part of his plan. Anybody who voted for him is an a$$hole.


18 posted on 08/01/2014 2:54:38 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Maybe he will replace them will more German Officers as just happened this week. SHOCK! For the first time EVER, a non-American will hold the position of Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army in Europe. Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal will be stationed at USAREUR headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany.


19 posted on 08/01/2014 2:56:36 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
yes elections mean something and I still want to scream whenever I visit the base and see an bammy sticker....or my favorite "vets for obama"....like in, we've got ours now so we don't care about anyone else....

freepers...don't be stupid....don't be juvenile....voting is a priviledge but also a responsibility that can not be thrown away with childish anger.....

it meant something to elect Romney....it meant a lot....

20 posted on 08/01/2014 2:56:52 PM PDT by cherry
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To: GeronL

Am not a Military person but remember the last time I voted. A bar code was attached to each ballot. Each ballot was scanned. Bet they know how I voted.


21 posted on 08/01/2014 2:58:20 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

I agree, they do likely know! We are supposed to have a secret ballot and even if we did there is no way they can do it from foreign countries or through the mail without knowing.


22 posted on 08/01/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: oldtech

Oh, there will be a pattern. You bet your ass there will be. Anyone who thinks we are heading in the wrong direction, anyone who does no support the homosexual agenda, anyone who does not toe the party line...


23 posted on 08/01/2014 3:04:20 PM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: GeronL

we (you and I) are simply weary; well know for certain I am ... and Waltzing Matilda seems to have been just yesterday. Knowing they know tell us their plan though.


24 posted on 08/01/2014 3:04:29 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: GeronL
"I bet they had those “surveys” handy. Remember when they queried soldiers about their loyalty to the Constitution and Commander in Chief? or shooting Americans?"

I remember. Every soldier in my unit remembers. We also remember that the results angered the PTB because we would not.

25 posted on 08/01/2014 3:06:59 PM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: ronnyquest

Weary Weeks. Thank You for your Years! All around the green bush far and near ... Thank You!


26 posted on 08/01/2014 3:09:56 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: ronnyquest

Maybe the results are the reason that they are doing what they are doing now.


27 posted on 08/01/2014 3:10:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cherry
it meant something to elect Romney....it meant a lot....

Yeah, but Romney's leftwing tendencies would have led us down the same road, delaying this hell maybe some years, but all the while letting people sleep in the nice warm pot. Having not compromised our values by voting for the lesser of two evils, people are forced to wake up. I like that people are freaking finally - should have been years ago.
28 posted on 08/01/2014 3:11:40 PM PDT by fr_freak
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Who’ll come a Waltzing Matilda With Me? ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VktJNNKm3B0


29 posted on 08/01/2014 3:14:58 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Uncle Chip
That’s what you call a Major Purge —

Ha Ha. But, it's best not to join the parade of the ignorant and misinformed on this issue. There is no purge, never has been. If one were to occur, you would know.

This is a necessary consequence of reducing the size of the Army, a "major" Obama objective. He doesn't like armies, he would like to see them go away, especially our own. When you reduce the size of the Army you need fewer Majors, and Captains (as we have seen a short time ago) and so forth on down the line. They must go, and go they will, culled from the ranks based on the the strength of their records. Some will be little missed, but others are sacrifice to the aims of politicians who have little need for them now that the fighting and dying is coming to an end.

It has been so since I joined the Army, and also my father before me. When the Army is done with you they throw you out. This can be a good thing, wars need warm bodies and some are little less. If their blood still flows, then they need to be sent away to find some other gainful pursuit. But, we always cut not just the fat, but muscle, sinew, and bone when it comes to the Army and Marines (the ones who do the fighting and the dying). They pay the price for free cell phones, disability payments, and food stamps. The voters rule.

We did this after World War II, Korea, three times during the Vietnam drawdown, after the First Gulf War, and now it has come again. It's very tough to look the man in the face who has just gotten his notice, especially when you know his combat record and shared his time in hell. As my battalion commander told me when I left Vietnam: "You can love the Army all you want, it's never going to love you back"

There is no purge, that's a myth. What is going on is quite real and that's the complete destruction of our military capability, especially the Army. But, what the hell, there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats.

30 posted on 08/01/2014 3:15:25 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

if they convert to Islam they can stay until retirement or death


31 posted on 08/01/2014 3:18:55 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: no-to-illegals
and the purge continues

It's not a purge. It's a direct result of today's Obamaconomy. People who would've normally gotten out after their time was up are re-enlisting because there isn't much in the civilian world with the pay and bennies we're getting in the military. Combine this with drawdowns and there's little choice but to give service members of all ranks pink slips.

We went through this in the Navy a couple years back and it has been devastating to our manpower. We have the same missions to do and far less assets to do them with.

32 posted on 08/01/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT by Drew68
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Hang Tough, Drew!


33 posted on 08/01/2014 3:26:41 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Or they could take that $11 million sent to enforce Ukrane’s border and give it to our troops. Naw, that wouldn’t destroy America fast enough.


34 posted on 08/01/2014 3:32:19 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Drew68

Clinton did the same thing. It was only after 9/11 that people realized how exposed we were and began building the military back up.

Fortunately, what saved us last time was the ability to use technology to make our military more efficient and effective.


35 posted on 08/01/2014 3:33:41 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: cherry

You speak with much wisdom my friend...


36 posted on 08/01/2014 3:39:34 PM PDT by StraysDaddy (Don't call me a racist....I'm not a fan of Joe the fool either....)
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To: fr_freak

You are a fool without equal.....thinking Romney would have led America down the same path that this muslim POS impostor has America has followed.


37 posted on 08/01/2014 3:39:34 PM PDT by StraysDaddy (Don't call me a racist....I'm not a fan of Joe the fool either....)
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To: no-to-illegals; GeronL

I too am weary, but see my tagline.


38 posted on 08/01/2014 3:41:51 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Stay In The Fight)
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Understand ...


39 posted on 08/01/2014 3:45:50 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“budget driven”. uh-huh.


40 posted on 08/01/2014 3:48:38 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: real saxophonist

editing tagline


41 posted on 08/01/2014 3:52:51 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Stay In The Fight - Kyle Lamb)
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To: centurion316

RE: Post #30

BINGO!

My SGM in Germany was a 1LT in Vietnam that got RIF’ted. He voluntarily took a bust to E-7 and stayed in for 30 years.

I was in a unit with a former Full Bird Colonel chopper pilot that flew medevac’s in Korea and Vietnam. When he could no longer pass a flight physical, he retired from the Army, joined the National Guard, and took a bust to E-5 to become a company armorer.

I was struggling with my PT test in the Army Guard due to arthritis and shoulder injuries as a garbage man. I joined the Air Guard, took a bust to E-5, and finished out my 20.

If you REALLY love the military, there’s a place for you somewhere.


42 posted on 08/01/2014 3:56:08 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: ronnyquest

Obama and his liberal worshippers don’t give a damn about 3% of the population that are gay. It’s just part of the plan to destroy this country.


43 posted on 08/01/2014 4:00:58 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: ronnyquest

Luv ya! It is still the same today.


44 posted on 08/01/2014 4:28:35 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3187893/posts


45 posted on 08/01/2014 4:30:58 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Something is very wrong here.

Throw Obama out of office.


46 posted on 08/01/2014 4:46:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: StraysDaddy

Lol - a “fool without equal”? We’ve been heading down the slow road of oppressive socialism for decades. Only an idiot would think that Romney was going to reverse course. When I see conservatives get mad that Romney wasn’t elected, all I see is selfish people who wanted to kick the can down the road a little further so that their kids or grandkids would have to deal with the cleanup. Bah


47 posted on 08/01/2014 4:59:58 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Morale check.


48 posted on 08/01/2014 5:03:04 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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Our enemies are emboldened by this, but Obama' weakness first. The Dems
are welcoming an attack and will probably fund it.
49 posted on 08/01/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: centurion316

+1, I got out because of the Graham-Rudman bill in 1987. Everybody’s favorite “Holy Grail President” Ronald Reagan was in charge at the time.

This is nothing new and has all happened before.


50 posted on 08/01/2014 5:06:25 PM PDT by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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