Skip to comments.Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan
Posted on 08/03/2014 6:11:34 AM PDT by Innovative
About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.
Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they're out of a job is a difficult task
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Dear General: If you think it is a difficult task to do from DC, why not do it in person.
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Replaced with robots to do thier bidding
Don’t blame the general, blame the real culprit: Obama.
“blame the real culprit: Obama”
And those in congress that allow him to get away with it. He has lots of enablers — in both parties.
No, it’s worse than that.
Shortly before WWII, Stalin gutted the officer corps of the Red Army in order to replace career military men with those more dependable politically. This move cost the Sov’s dearly when the nazis attacked, but to a dictator political reliability is everything.
Obama has been purging our officer corps for some time, working from higher to lower rank. We are now down to major.
Don’t be surprised when the new lgbt, Islamic, illegal army; led by Obama’s hand picked officers, shows no loyalty to their oaths or to the American people.
Floggings will continue until the moral improves.
Weeding out the warrior class. Leaving behind the metrosexuals, bureaucrats and pansies.
Maybe if enough of these warriors come home at the same time, they can give some thought about what might be done to organize an effective opposition to the Regime running the US into the ground.
Please to not discount the “paper pushing Majors in the Pentagon” as useless. Virtually everyone of them have served as a lieutenant, captain or major in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know this because I work with them. Is Major Smith in my office, who lost his left leg to an IED on patrol when he was a captain in Afghanistan now just a “useless paper pusher” or is he on a tour that enables him to be with his family and to get continuing care at Walter Reed National Medical Center that will enable the “pentagon” to have benefit of his experience?
What about the now full colonel who did 4 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan? He is working on a history of the war in Iraq.
Yep, if they are being shot at right now, I guess they are useless under your criteria.
And this reduction of force has happened in the past: Revolutionary War, War of 1812; Civil War; Spanish-American War; WWI; WWII; Korea; Vietnam; and the Cold War — When I got my RIF notice because there were NOT going to be any more wars.
Thus the focus, IMO, ought to be at a “president” who despises the military and wants to gut it.
Remove those with the most valuable combat experience to train junior officers and mentor senior NCOs . The riffing is also affecting down to Company levels and senior NCOs
For example, Dear Leader has a brilliant idea: phase out single pilot (Kiowa) and Apache (no new next generation platform)Army Aviation ranks and replace with drones
Put all $ in dog like F 35 which spreads the wealth around to potential big time donors..
Replace very competent officers with ass kissers and politically reliable cadres
Exactly right...as a CPT...And now honorablly discharged as of OCT 2013...because Anti-Terrorism Officers aren’t seen as important anymore by this Administration....this is going to bit us hard in the yrs to come....!
If it were up to me we would have a thousand F-22 Raptors, lots more Abrams and Bradleys, and 2 million ready to go Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Marines.The money wasted in the pentagon generating mountains of top secret paper nobody will ever read would buy a couple F-22's.
Instead we have a welfare state. And no F-22 fighters. And I do blame Obama and those who voted for him.
now the mussies want to wear beards and turbans that serve. Do they stop and pray 5 times a day on the battle field? Or are they exempt from the 5 war zones with mussies 0 has our Troops in?
This is also the liberaltarian policy.
“...America can be defended with just two submarines”. - Ron Paul
Get out of their way, and let them fight!
And yes your Major Smith is a contributor to his Country still. As is your Colonel, he will tell the real story, not the MSM story of what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan.
My dad served under MacArthur, 5 major battles, including The ROCK, Corregidor, 503rd, (Airborne) he was a T/5, he and a PFC put up the first US Flag on a telegraph pole under sniper fire, both received Bronze Stars for it. If not for a former Officer writing books on it that would not be a known factoid.
We do not learn the truth until such warriors write it.
LOL, best to get them out before they become LTC’s. LTC’s have a tendency of becoming leaders of Nations. Yes, real “Leaders”, they aren’t community organizers, they’re proven leaders, something the Libs and MSM fear the most. Currently there is a LTC running the largest country in the world, and mocking the worlds greatest community organizer. Come 2016 the Libs are preparing to run another one of their wussy candidates to show the world how mushy we have become. Its a shame, with the world in total turmoil, we are reducing defense spending and giving away needed funds to support non citizens who are trying to escape corruption in their own countries by running to ours.
We need our Majors, especially those with combat experience. (Why do we have this early 20th century thinking?) We should use the illegal immigration 6 Billion funds to build mini Brigade size bases along the border. Keep our riffed Majors and troops employed. They can share the bases with the state guard units. Of course, they can also continue their careers in the Guard and Reserve if they are lucky enough to find a slot.
That is fine with me, the warrior class will stand with us when the time comes.
Yours is one of the more inane comments to ever appear on Free Republic. To compare this to the Stalin purges displays a remarkable ignorance of history and the facts in play here.
The Obama “purge” is a myth.
What is going on is a reduction in the size and capability of our Armed Forces, but in particular, the Army. Obama doesn’t like armies, especially our own and he has long wanted to cut it to the bone. This is what he is doing. When the Army get smaller, they need fewer Captains, Majors, etc. on down the ranks. Some of these folks won’t be missed much, they are mediocre performers who have been riding the wave. But, many are fine officers who will fall victim to Obama’s desire to spend more money stuffing the pockets of his voters.
Reductions in the aftermaths of wars has been happening throughout the history of the Army. More recently it happening three times after Vietnam, after Gulf War I, and now yet again. Nothing new, not a purge. But, every time that we have done it, we have discovered that we cut too deeply and that we had to build back up to get the Army that we needed. Politicians, though, aren’t too bright and this guy tips the scale on that point.
Thank Congress. They appropriate funding.
“The Obama purge is a myth.”
As they say: “none are so blind that WILL not see”. You are the one who doesn’t see what is happening.
Obama is gutting the military to the point of making it irrelevant.
And the LIAR in chief is sending a minute number of servicemen to be slaughtered by muslims. I hope they take hussein with them.
You find all your French models on the internet, do you?
Obama is certainly gutting the military, we help from his many friends in Congress, including Republicans. But, there is no purge.
Before this Obama (Muslim) removes more ranking Officers from our Services , Let him reduce the federal employees by 50% AND
Federal Agencies by 80%.
They are collectively SCREWING the American Taxpayer everyday.
Just think Louis Lerner.
And I can tell you from first-hand experiences that the PC line is being toed throughout the ranks. Folks are afraid to act normally or sanely and it is torture to see some trying to justify their "enlightened" stances as more and more attention (like the Eye of Mordor) is directed downward.
After Barry is out of office (or if he is ever out of office) these officers will be able to “unretire” (unless the rules have changed). We will need them to re-fight the wars we won and Barry surrendered in and the new ones he has caused us to have to fight.
I believe The Department of Defense has around 500,000 civilian employees. How many of them are getting their notice? None. It’s all bullshit to protect Democrat voters at the expense of Soldiers. Bow down and worship your civilian government employees!
Americas power is being taken from her.
There is a growing evil that wants tyrannical authority here, its not just (only) some mindless decent of the nation culturally, the military cannot be allowed to retain its honorable heritage as it has long existed since our beginnings, it is a conscious effort and being orchestrated,
That’s also why the wall has come down and invaders are being allowed to flood in,
These invaders, just to be called citizens will enthusiastically and submissively embrace obamacare and take whatever decree, handout or mark the government orders. Ultimately taking the place of those who only remember when they were free and didn’t have to submit to unconstitutional dictates, so they must now also submit or be pushed aside and left with nothing,
A nation cannot have a thriving middle class and be easily ruled over by tyranny, this evil man in the white house and his handlers all understand this, therefore the middle class must be diminished,
Another day, another outrage.
Those Majors at the Pentagon will soon be out in the field and the field Majors will be at the Pentagon. This isn’t a game of musical chairs. You don’t eliminate officers by the billet they currently fill.
You assume that DOD civilians are liberals. DOD is not like other departments. Where I work, 70% of the civilians are vets or military retirees. .
I stand corrected, you did NOT say “useless.”
"We moved our base camp last night and were now positioned literally
within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
If they started laying off DOD GS civilians, they’d have to be “fair” and lay off people in the EPA, Social Security, etc.... Can’t do that without ticking off the Democrats. Take those DOD civilians and put them on patrol in Afghanistan.
Zero needs the money — not to balance the budget, but to import illegal aliens.
"The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation."
"A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position."
I’m sorry that my comment offends you. The notion that Obama is purging the military for political purposes has been broached by others on Free Republic, not that it proves the truth of the matter one way or another, (but it DOES demonstrate that my comment was no ‘more inane’ than others pondering similar conclusions.)
History does demonstrate that despots and dictators tend to distrust and purge military commanders. It would be ignorance to conclude otherwise. Stalin was one such example, but others may be cited throughout history. Other recent examples include North Korea,
But the easier method is just to google ‘military purge’ along with the name of a country ruled by a dictator, and view the results.
I cannot prove Obama’s intentions. And neither can you. But asserting that the Obama purge is a myth does not make it a myth. And opinions with which you disagree are not necessarily invalid. I hope you are correct, and I am wrong. But I think we are watching the fall of the Republic, if it has not already fallen, (how many Romans truly understood what the Principate entailed when Augustus referred to himself as ‘First Citizen’ rather than Emperor?)
So, please, feel free to disagree. But recognize that others on Free Republic have opinions of their own, and the freedom to form and discuss such opinions is intrinsic to the principles for which we are here, on Free Republic.
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And it has been refuted by many on those threads, including me on many occasions. It stands as proof that some idiot can start a list of purges that demonstrates for the most part their complete ignorance of how the military works and they will find many who will believe whatever they say.
You of course, can believe anything you want. You might want to visit Info Wars, there are some things there that ought to keep you entertained for quite some time.
What is inane is your comparison with Stalinist purges and now your attempts to link to purges in North Korea, Cuba, and Iran. I happen to personally know officers who were killed in the Iranian purges along with their families. I know a purge when I see one, and none is going on here. Do you know GEN Carter Ham, one of those most often mentioned as a victim of the Obama purge? I do. He did not get purged, or even relieved of his command. He retired, something all of us do who serve military careers and he did so voluntarily despite what many have tried to claim.
Some myths are really myths because they are made up out of whole cloth. This is a prime example.
Though you know Iranian military officers who were killed thirty-five years ago, and though you know General Ham, that does not constitute a valid argument in this matter. Your opinion may be better informed, but you offer no evidence of that information other than your willingness to refer to those who disagree as idiot or inane.
Demonstrate your superior knowledge with arguments and evidence rather than demeaning your opponent and exalting yourself.
Read my many, many posts that provided ample evidence to refute this nonsense. I do not have to prove that your cockamamie ideas have merit, you have to do that. I don’t think that you have even begun.
What great experience and expertise besides being able to cruise the internet do you bring to the table? We could start with that.
They’ll be replaced, don’t worry. This is a continued orchestrated purging of real men in the military. They’ll all be replaced with diversity drones.
Wit so dry you could pour it into a martini glass.
The Majors will all be replaced by Zampolits
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Will civilian contractor jobs be cut as well?