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    Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    US military to unveil plan to cut personnel costs | Fox News

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    Published February 22, 2014
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    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set Monday to recommend a limit on military pay raises, higher fees for health-care benefits and less generous housing allowances to prune billions of dollars in benefits from the defense budget, setting up an election-year confrontation with veterans groups and lawmakers.

    Faced with steadily increasing military personnel costs that threaten to overwhelm an ever-tighter budget, Mr. Hagel is also expected to include a one-year freeze on raises for top military brass—a gesture meant to show that the best-compensated leaders also will make sacrifices.

    Pentagon officials describe the package of cuts, which will be part of the military's coming budget, as a modest and realistic attempt to save billions of dollars needed to protect other critical portions of U.S. defense spending.

    The majority of service members are E-4 or Below (Distribution of Enlisted Ranks)

    Here is the military enlisted pay charts for 2014 2014 Military Pay Chart

    The military received a 1% increase for 2014 with food prices alone projected to go up 2.5% to 3.5% this year. These people risk their lives everyday for all of us and yet live at or near the poverty level and now some want to cut their pay and increase their costs even more.

    If cutting this to the military is what is necessary to maintain the welfare state, then we need to reconsider or priorities, or the veterans/military should decide not to defend such a state.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Gotta love sequester....and unintended consequence.

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    Gotta love sequester....and unintended consequence.
    And we know who to blame for this.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    And we know who to blame for this.
    Congress?

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    I support cuts across the board. If I am to believe that more can be done with less in regard to welfare, how am I to feel otherwise in regard to the military?

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I support cuts across the board. If I am to believe that more can be done with less in regard to welfare, how am I to feel otherwise in regard to the military?
    Considering what the country gets from each of the two groups, pay and benefits for military and verterans should never be cut as long as a single dollar is spent on welfare.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Considering what the country gets from each of the two groups, pay and benefits for military and verterans should never be cut as long as a single dollar is spent on welfare.
    Yeah, that kind of extremism is very useful.




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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    These people risk their lives everyday for all of us and yet live at or near the poverty level and now some want to cut their pay and increase their costs even more.
    This is how false and stupid rumors get started.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    US military to unveil plan to cut personnel costs | Fox News

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    Published February 22, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal
    Facebook1601 Twitter447 Gplus20

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set Monday to recommend a limit on military pay raises, higher fees for health-care benefits and less generous housing allowances to prune billions of dollars in benefits from the defense budget, setting up an election-year confrontation with veterans groups and lawmakers.

    Faced with steadily increasing military personnel costs that threaten to overwhelm an ever-tighter budget, Mr. Hagel is also expected to include a one-year freeze on raises for top military brass—a gesture meant to show that the best-compensated leaders also will make sacrifices.

    Pentagon officials describe the package of cuts, which will be part of the military's coming budget, as a modest and realistic attempt to save billions of dollars needed to protect other critical portions of U.S. defense spending.

    The majority of service members are E-4 or Below (Distribution of Enlisted Ranks)

    Here is the military enlisted pay charts for 2014 2014 Military Pay Chart

    The military received a 1% increase for 2014 with food prices alone projected to go up 2.5% to 3.5% this year. These people risk their lives everyday for all of us and yet live at or near the poverty level and now some want to cut their pay and increase their costs even more.

    If cutting this to the military is what is necessary to maintain the welfare state, then we need to reconsider or priorities, or the veterans/military should decide not to defend such a state.
    What is left unmentioned is the billions spent for toys that at times the JCS, the military has told congress that it doesn't need, don't want and can't use. The problem is congress doesn't look at the military as an organization of national defense and give them what the military needs to accomplish that mission. Which by the way is more troops, not less. Congress and the administration looks upon the military as a civilian jobs producers and sustainer. They look at civilian jobs back home in their districts and states instead of military readiness.

    It is more important to keep those jobs in their districts and states making stuff the military doesn't need or want than to maintain the readiness of the military.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    What is left unmentioned is the billions spent for toys that at times the JCS, the military has told congress that it doesn't need, don't want and can't use. The problem is congress doesn't look at the military as an organization of national defense and give them what the military needs to accomplish that mission. Which by the way is more troops, not less. Congress and the administration looks upon the military as a civilian jobs producers and sustainer. They look at civilian jobs back home in their districts and states instead of military readiness.

    It is more important to keep those jobs in their districts and states making stuff the military doesn't need or want than to maintain the readiness of the military.
    That is most likely what he meant by "critical portions of U.S. defense spending."

    Apparently he doesn't understand what Patton said "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory."
    Only a fool measures equality by results and not opportunities.

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