Skip to comments.As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out
Posted on 04/21/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT by Olog-hai
After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.
Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave. [ ]
Already down to about 522,000, the Army must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to get down to 420,000a size service leaders say may not allow them to wage even one major, prolonged military campaign.
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All part of the master plan.
Same ole same ole. When I joined the Navy in 1987, we had around 606,000. When I left, we had 325,000 (give or take). Throughout the entire time, they would bring a bunch in and then say, “Whoops...too many...need to cut”...then they would say, “Whoops...cut too many....need to strengthen the numbers...”. People who do personnel numbers must be the dumbest people on Earth.
That was over a 24-year period.
From Global Firepower:
Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.
Total Population: 1,349,585,838
Available Manpower: 749,610,775
Fit for Service: 618,588,627
Reaching Military Age Annually: 19,538,534]
Active Frontline Personnel: 2,285,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 2,300,000
Let’s see now....450,000 up against 2.3 MILLION.
Only outnumbered 5 to 1. With force multipliers on our side, should be no problem.
Least that’s what the powerpoint presentation sez...
“Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts.”
Translation, “a threat to the ambitious careerists and perfumed princes”
Why do I get the feeling that certain races, genders, sexual orientations and religions will be exempt from this.
Our next major war will be fought with drones, unmanned vehicles, guided missiles and people in bunkers pushing buttons. Hopefully I won't be alive to see it.
“Our next major war will be fought with drones, unmanned vehicles, guided missiles and people in bunkers pushing buttons. Hopefully I won’t be alive to see it. “
Also chemical and germ warfare.
I’m 99% sure I won’t be around to see it.
Don’t know about the Navy but the Army’s previous drawdowns occurred in only a few years. After Vietnam, the Army drew down from 1.3 million to 780,000 in 4 years. The drawdowns in the early 90s reduced the Army from 770,000 to 490,000 in a little over 5 years. This was despite a hold on force reductions put in place for the 91 Gulf War.
Democratic Presidents love to slash military forces.
Some of those with multiple deployments, say more than three, probably should be encouraged to leave, before becoming emotionally or professionally burnt out (Post-Traumatic -Stress-Related). I say this because the high rate of suicide amongst our active military is quite high, if statistics are to be believed. Something’s definitely askew and either being overlooked or purposely allowed to occur.
The only exceptions being Affirmative Action Ani. Captain? 10 years in? White? Adios, mi capitán.
The president determine what size military he wants to do what he considers "essential." That is what shapes his defense budget and personnel request, not some personnel guy somewhere.
Politicians change and along with that change comes a shift on national security posture and defense needs. . .hence fluctuating force numbers.
With the Big Zero, The Messiah, as long as one guy remains on active duty that is one too many for him.
1 fewer officer = food stamps for 3 Obama voters
Hands off senior NCOs.
No war has been fought with any of that so far, and our enemies are not substituting manpower for those either.
NCOs and enlisted folks are also being forced out via “Selective Early Release Program” and/or various other administrative “tools.” Same ones that were used after Vietnam and the end of the Cold War.
It’s a blessing in disguise... really.. If you’re a conservative, you don’t want any part of Obama’s military.
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