Hagel: Defense Budget Cuts ‘Unavoidable’

From the IJ Review:

5 Troop Benefits To Be Slashed By The Proposed Defense Budget

The Pentagon released its proposed budget on Monday, and it reflects numerous and costly cuts in pay, benefits, and subsidies for our nation’s military service members. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has labeled these cuts as “unavoidable.”

At the end of America’s longest war, critics say these cuts are being borne by the Americans who sacrifice most for our country.

Washington is trying to balance the budget on the backs of those who have sacrificed the most,” said Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “We know the Defense Department must make difficult budget decisions, but these cuts would hit service members, making it harder for them and their families to make ends meet.”

The proposed budget includes five different ways that will likely increase the financial burdens of American men and women in uniform.

  1. The most drastic measure is the reduction in number of troops in the Army and Marines, making our Armed Forces the smallest it has been since before World War II. The Army would see a reduction in active-duty troops from 520,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000. The Army National Guard would lose 20,000 members, and the Army Reserve would cut 10,000 troops. The Marine Corps would shrink by 8,000.
  2. Subsidies to military commissaries, or grocery stores, would be cut. This would result in increased costs of food and staples for military families.
  3. Cuts to healthcare co-pays and increases in deductibles. Tricare, the military insurance program, will encourage users to use military clinics and will prescribe generic drugs.
  4. Cuts to growing housing allowances and stopping the reimbursement of renter’s insurance. This, coupled with the 1% cap on pay hikes and the increasing cost of housing, is estimated to cost an Army Sergeant a loss of $1,400 and an Army Captain $2,100 every year.
  5. The Air Force C-10 “Warthog” attack jet program, which provides close air support to ground troops, would be scrapped altogether.

These proposed defense cuts are likely to face stiff opposition from veterans and military groups, and should face significant hurdles in Congress.

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Yes, there will be stiff opposition from veterans and military groups, but from Congress? I doubt it. So far they haven’t objected to much of anything.

They’re not cutting welfare benefits, Congress’ salaries, or the salaries of the civilian employees in the Pentagon. Nor are they cutting foreign aid, in fact, it was just last week that Obama promised even more money to Jordan.

There are a gozillion places they could cut and reallocate funds to the Pentagon, but they pick on our military instead.  If the POS is so intent on redistributing the wealth he should start within the government.

Why are they doing this to our military, of all people ???

~Kathy

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11 Responses to Hagel: Defense Budget Cuts ‘Unavoidable’

  1. They’ll do anything they can to demoralize our military personnel and molest our veterans instead of taking care of them and paying them what they honestly deserve – our all. But, G-d forbid they should cut aid to nations that hate us or take a pay cut to forestall debt increases or stop supporting illegals, coming here to rape the system to the bones.
    Those assholes couldn’t “fix” a damned sandwich to save their lives!

    • Kathy says:

      The people making these decisions are unqualified. I wouldn’t blame our soldiers if they all walked off the job.

      • The way they’re being treated, they have every right to walk off and refuse to serve. I understand they’re compelled to serve, as sworn, but when their commander in chief is pandering to and supplying the very enemy they’re fighting, I see no reason anyone would hold them to their oaths.

  2. Hardnox says:

    This is alarming and an insult to our troops. Yes, I believe that the pentagon could make cuts as there is huge waste there but there is waste everywhere.

    The left only has the ability to focus on the military. Any other cut has them screaming racism or some other ism.

    After some other crisis the left will wonder why we can’t defend ourselves then blame the right for not doing so.

    • Kathy says:

      There are plenty of other places they could cut, but as is O’s way he likes to make it hurt. This is an intentional dig at our military because he doesn’t want us superior over other countries.

  3. Clyde says:

    Here we go again. It took ALL of Ronaldus Magnus’ two terms to fix the damage the peanut farmer inflicted on the military, the damage THIS asshole has inflicted may NEVER be repaired. Stupid goddamn media, and “the educated” anyway. Along with their enablers from the “opposition” party, THIS is why we find ourselves here.

  4. CW says:

    I think we know why they’re doing this to the military, Kathy.

    Providing for national defense is one of the few actual responsibilities of the federal gov’t. Relegating this function to a low-level priority in order to divert our taxes to the pet projects of the Left that are NOT prescribed under the Constitution is exactly what we should expect from the lefties in charge.

  5. tannngl says:

    Why?
    1. Military people are primarily conservatives.
    2. Military people are primarily good and decent people who know right and wrong.
    3. Military people are volunteers in defense of our country. (Dems want the draft back).
    4. Military people won’t be ordered to attack citizens. Dems want them gone from the military.
    5. Military people vote conserative.
    6. I’m sure there are more.

  6. Mrs AL says:

    My answer to your question is twofold: first, to be able to claim to cutting the budget. It will be a true statement, technically. Second, weak military means weak America — it’s a perverted type of punishment for perceived “sins” committed by the United State.

    Of course I could be wrong.

  7. Terry says:

    The onslaught of cuts to the military and veterans is gathering a full head of steam.
    Meanwhile, the leeches have seen an increase of over 30% to their “entitlements”.
    What’s wrong with this picture ?