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Under pressure to reduce the DoD budget, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has – until recently – avoided asking for a reduction in military pay and benefits. However, the Wall Street Journal has reported that increasing pressure on lawmakers to make bigger cuts in the federal deficit has convinced defense budget planners that Congress is willing to look at cutting military compensation.
However, pressure from the White House to make $400B in cuts may have forced Gates’ hand. In fact, Sec. Gates reently floated the idea that reducing military compensation may not be a bad idea. Gates told a group that reducing military pay wouldn’t negatively impact recruiting
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Either cut the troop levels or cut their pay, this is a day of reckoning that is about one or two decades overdue. Defense spending took down the soviet empire and it's the largest expenditure by the US government now, it's the number one "entitlement program" out there.
Originally posted by HomerinNC
You know, as a veteran, I can tell you this SUCKS!
When I was in the military in the 90's, we had lower enlisted soldiers using FOOD STAMPS to feed their families, the pay is already low enough, leave it alone!
Military Pay Scaleedit on 5/30/2011 by HomerinNC because: added pay chart