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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: What?

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What?

I'm sure most of you have heard about all the proposed DOD spending cuts. I've read on a number of your blogs about the proposed cut in heath care and other benefits, the lack of pay raises etc etc....

I agree with all of you. And now, I'm going to sound off a bit.

CNN.com has an article about the newly proposed DOD cuts. How about cutting 10% of the Marines (as in the actual people who are currently serving our country)? How about cutting 4% of the Army? On top of the already proposed decrease in benefits.

And somehow, I'm supposed to take comfort that these cuts won't "take effect" until 2015. That is only 4 years away. My husband is currently on his 3 year re-up. What if he wants to extend again? Are they going to turn a way a decorated Marine (with war time commendations), who has honorably served his country for 11 years and has deployed twice (if not more by then) because of budget cuts? What the heck Congress? Is it not enough that we can't expect any pay raises for the next 5 years? Is it not enough that the men and women who have already served a full 20 (if not more) years (some through some pretty major battles and wars) are going to see a decrease in their benefits and/or more out of pocket expenses? Is it not enough that you want to cut retirement benefits for those currently pursing their 20?

Do you not remember that we are CURRENTLY fighting a war? We CURRENTLY have men and women deployed to war zones. What are we supposed to tell them? Sorry you served your country so honorably, but we just can't afford you anymore? Oh, and by the way, more people are not coming to help.

They are proposing 20,000 fewer Marines, and 49, 000 fewer soldiers. That is a lot of people! Maybe 10% doesn't look like a lot on paper, but 20K people is a lot! What will happen to my husbands unit? What will happen to everyone? In the USMC reserves you can be forced out if you don't pick up rank regularly/fast enough. It's already very competitive, but if this goes through, there will be no way for any of the reservists to stay in for their 20. It's nearly impossible as it is now. My husband and I will have no choice but to leave military life and he will have no choice but to become a civilian again, no matter how much we want to be in the USMC. No matter how dedicated, loyal, or honorable he is. No matter how many missions he goes on, or battles he fights. He will undoubtably be forced out.

And what about the war? Can they honestly promise that it will be over in 4 years so it won't matter that we are losing 70K servicemen and women? Can they say it will be ok? Can they be sure that we won't need those people anymore? Can they be sure that there won't be another reason to fight/deploy in the coming years that those people won't be missed and we will not, then, have to take up a draft again?

I just don't see how this is a solution. Things get tough, so we are going to cut people out of the service? I don't know... It just irks me.

2 Comments:

Blogger Doc's Girl (Noel) said...

I agree that it's a bit unnerving, but believe it or not, things are a little better than CNN is making it out to be.

They are reducing their numbers, yes, but they're doing it the RIGHT way (for the most part). They're much more strict on waivers - Felony on your record? You won't be able to enlist if you haven't already. Not making rank soon enough (I.e. Have you been an E4 for 7 years or something ridiculous)? They won't waiver that and give you a million chances. Are you an overall dirtbag? They're going to chapter you out instead of continuing to pay you and let you screw around on their dime.

Now, I'm not saying that it doesn't worry me, but I do think the WAY they are doing things isn't terrible. They've already started tightening their reigns. If you have been an exemplary service-member, are decorated, and don't have a rap sheet, you'll be just fine.

January 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Birdie said...

The previous commenter is partially right. However, my brother has been a Marine for 12 years, he's decorated of course and is a 5 time OIF and OEF veteran. No record or anything like that, yet he was denied re-enlistment as were most of his closest friends. My husband is a soldier with 11 years in, bronze star.. the works. His retainment guy said not to even bother, they wont keep him(of course he will bother lol). I'm not sure of the system they're using to decide, but it seems to me they have no use for lifers anymore and it's a shame to say the least.

January 6, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

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