reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Well, with respect to your real world and considerable experience with this system, what is a good way to proceed with it?
You know the saying, you can make numbers look good any way you want them to show a savings, Reading through the report they had talked about a force
reduction to the prior 2007 levels, I seen this during the Regean Administration and Clinton, the Army was once 1,000,000 Active duty strong, since
1988, we have reduced the force down to below 1/2 million soilders.
With knowing this, they want to reduce the force to pre 911 strenght, Now with the tuition assistance, I can recall that in my units that I have been
with there was maybe 5 of us that were taking the Tuition Assistance out of 100 soilders. If you take a place like Ft Hood, there were at least 45000
active soilders, and that would mean about 9000 of them were using it, but this was not all at once but maybe a course here and there. I never knew
anyone that use there full amount in a year. So I would cut the yearly amount from $250, to 200 a year.
A draw down on troops sometime hurt but needs to be done, this is done through Recuriting, if the Recurting Command put a goal of 32000 new recrutis
for the coming year, they will have to cut that by12000 or so, Have to look at PERSCOM and how many people are retireing or leaving (ETS)(End Term of
Service) the service, this will decided the above number.
The commisaries (Food Store) is a huge benefit to soldiers and there familys, usally save the 1/3 on grocerie bills, but again to stay competive I
think they need to raise there rates in the stores so the saving could be about 20%, The BHAS (Basic Housing and Subisites ) is also paid to marred
soilders, I believe a savings could be done here, if you look at the chart fo BHAS, I always felt that we could do better here, the system is
backwards. A young family should be able to get housing on post first, but this is not the case all the time. This could save money as well.
The other thing is the Retirement pay for all goverment workers and Military, I know they were talking about it but don't know if they did it but
401K's, since mainstream public has moved towards 401K and we all put money into it I think the Military needs to do this as well, for two reasons,
would reduce the amont of money that they need for those that are collecting it and the soilder can start a retirement account that he can move, I
know of many soilders that spent 10,15 years in the service and got out with nothing, if they had a 401k at least the jorney was not for nothing.
Last thing I would look at is all the DOD personel on the military post, I never seen so many people work so hard to do nothing, we could thin out the
crowds and get them to earn there pay, example, had two gentleman down in texas running our tank range, one ran the tower controls and the other was
to take care of the targets, if by any chance one of them had to leave the other would not step up to help. The saying of "thats not my job"
applies to a lot of the DOD personel.
I can go on and on about this but I will stop here.
Hope this helps a little