My husband has 3 years left - he earns a significant amount and once he's out (if they don't find a reason to let him go before his time is really up) he won't be able to find a job that comes close to his pay and utilizes his skills he's learned in his field.
We're hoping - against hope - that he can hang on long enough for me to finish my college so we can shift duties carefully.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I understand people's concerns where cut backs in military spending are concerned, but we're been through these kind of adjustments before, i.e., right after WWII and Vietnam. Someone asked if a poster was reciting his commentary from a book. One such source would be "Your Government Failed You," by Richard A. Clarke. He explains in great detail many changes the Defense Dept. made immediately after Vietnam and again after 9/11. We're talking fundamental changes, such as some major universities ending their ROTC programs, how the Army began to recruite far more high school graduates rather than accept recruits with drug or other legal problems (Anyone remember how local judges gave convicts charged with misdemeaner offenses a choice between jail time or military services? That stopped for a time and didn't begin to pick back up again in earnest until after 9/11.), changes in the way our military trained, i.e., each branch once training separately but Vietnam forced the difference branches to start working together more, logicstics - how our military equipment moves or is staged around the world in theater, etc., etc. Even the National Guard which once limited its duties to domestic issues, i.e., crowd control or handling national disasters, became the reserve force to our active duty forces. I can't tell you how many of my former co-workers who were National Guardsmen/women got called to served in Iraq.
Our military has gone through significant changes before either due to world changes or changes in attitude from the American people or for political reasons, but we've withstood such changes at every turn due most from clear, well thoughout out restructuring concepts orginating either from DoD itself, supported by the Joint Chiefs or as initiated by such great military minds such as retired Gen. Patreaus. We've succeeded in recent military campaigns such as Granada, Bosnia and the Gulf War, and in a post-9/11 world we've faired well in the War in Iraq, the War on Terror (in Afghanistan) and saw success using a smaller military footprint even in Lybia combining our Special Operations forces with our Naval forces to attain our military (and some would say a political) objective. And let's not forget how technology through innovative ideas from DARPA has also helped make our military leaner but still pack a devastating punch! Smart-bombs anyone?
So, I wouldn't worry too much about the spending cuts in defense as this article from theHill.com attempts to elude to. We've adapted well before and I confident we'll adapt again and remain one of, if not, the most formidable military power on the planet!
Last edited by Objective Voice; 01-07-12 at 05:52 PM.
And also, think about this - those Occupy protesters were largely made up of college kids who are pissed off about school and the lack of available employment for college graduates and the like.... would you rather see them replaced by a sea of combat veterans? Something to ponder.
"Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
~Orwell, Politics and the English Language