posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 04:03 AM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Well that is some disgusting BS how they treat the troops but it doesn’t surprise me one bit. The first things that are always cut seem to be
benefits to service members including veterans. That is the way it has been in the past.
Having served my country I have seen the needless wastefully spending on the dumbest crap. Every year our unit would do extra training or order extra
equipment we didn’t need to spend our budget.
When I was a private I was put on a detail where we buried 20 full mechanic tools chests out in the desert so they could order more. Back then I
didn’t have a clue why we were doing it but I wish I could remember where they were buried they were worth a fortune then even. But of course they
cut soldiers befits instead of scaling back the useless BS. I remember when I was in an Apache Unit during peace time they live fired Hellfire
missiles for training at $40,000 a piece per pilot to burn through the budget. That was with the Clinton Budget so they aren’t fooling me one bit
with their woe is me, Look I am poor routine.
There was a novel I read a long time ago called Starship Troopers (nothing like the movie) where the veterans and the military finally get fed up with
governmental BS like the crap they are pulling now and establish a new government. To be honest the model society in that novel made a hell of a lot
more sense than this one.
Oh and you are right about the CBs and simple type communications we bought our own. To give an example the fuel cost for one three hour training
flight could have supplied the entire battalion with communications with plenty left over to spare. If I remember correctly a Blackhawk would go
through about 6,000 gallons of fuel in that time. More if they carried fuel pods. Each Pod was an additional 1500 or 2000 I think. I use that as an
example because a lot of times officer pilots would schedule extra flight time for themselves cause…..well what the hell it was fun for them.
Consider the military skimps on personal body armor for the troops on the ground or had us driving Humvees like they were armored but weren’t, but
they will buy billion dollar f-22s that we do not even fly in combat areas.
If I was in charge things would change but it would make too much damn sense for them to do it on their own. It isn’t brain surgery by any means.
Anyway that’s my rant this kind of crap pisses me off.