Pentagon Budget Slashes Military Personnel Benefits Again

The assault on the US military continues unabated.  The long term goal of the Obama administration has always been to reduce America’s military power consistently and systematically, and they are doing it at a time when China, Russia, Iran, and Al Qaeda military strengths are increasing.

In the below listed article you can read how the Obama administration continues its assault on military personnel who have repeatedly put their lives on the line in defense of the Republic, and many have been maimed for life.   The deepest and most draconian cuts in military pay and benefits in 40 years is being proposed by Obama’s civilian appointees at the Pentagon in their new budget.  It includes:

  1. Increasing healthcare costs for retirees & military families (Tricare deductibles and co-pays are being increased)
  2. Massive cuts in commissary benefits so the cost of food to military families will be increased
  3. The first ever cuts in basic housing allowance for families
  4. Draconian pay raises in 2015 will only be 1% which won’t keep up with inflation
  5. Moreover personnel costs will be reduced significantly by reducing the US Army below 1940 levels which is a extremely dangerous policy
  6. Hagel quote “Of course there is going to be risk”

All this is taking place at a time when there is serious concern in the US Armed Forces about many enlisted military families requiring food stamps because of their unusually low incomes.  Cutting their pay and benefits is underway while the Obama administration provides billions of dollars of free medical care, education, and food stamp benefits for Illegal Immigrants.  In addition, annually the IRS refunds billions of dollars in employer paid federal taxes to Illegal Immigrants who file for dependent benefits for their Illegal Immigrant’s children residing in Mexico.

Annually the Obama administration has been increasing the percentage of authorized expenditure on food stamps, which exceeds the increase in the authorized expenditures for the defense of the Republic (48 million people are now on food stamps with no requirement for verification of if they are truly eligible US citizens). “Common sense is not so common in the Obama administration.”

The way to prevent war is to maintain a strong military establishment—it should be “Peace Thru Strength,” not peace thru weakness.

Pentagon budget slashes benefits

By Kristina Wong

Benefits for active­ duty personnel and their families would be slashed under a budget proposal released Monday by the Pentagon.

The budget would dramatically reduce the Army’s size and trigger a new round of controversial base closures while cutting healthcare copays and deductibles and reducing the subsidies military families get for housing and low-cost goods.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged the cuts would be controversial but argued they were unavoidable in a belt-tightening era following the end of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Congress has taken some important steps in recent years to control the growth in compensation spending, but we must do more,” he said.

Lawmakers, as well as groups that represent veterans and the military, accused the Pentagon of balancing its pocketbook on the backs of soldiers and their families.

“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,” said Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Coupled with a 1 percent ceiling on pay hikes and assuming a 5 percent annual increase in housing costs, the Military Officers Association of America estimated an Army sergeant with a family of four would see an annual loss of $1,400. An Army captain would lose $2,100, it said.

The group said those figures doesn’t account for other costs that would affect military families, such as increased prices at military commissaries because of another budget proposal and an increase in health care fees for military family members.

Hagel cast the cuts as unavoidable and necessary to avoid steeper cuts to military personnel.

He said payroll costs have risen 40 percent more than in the private sector.

While he said those hikes were the “right thing to do” during war, “today DOD faces a vastly different fiscal situation … We must now consider fair and responsible adjustments to our overall military compensation package.”

“This is the first time in 13 years we will be presenting a budget to the Congress of the United States that’s not a war-footing budget,” Hagel said.

Read more.


Budget cuts to slash U.S. Army to smallest since before World War Two

Increased domestic spending may be behind proposed military cuts, CBO report suggests

Susan Rice and the retreat of American power – The Washington Post

End of American Military Dominance | Washington Free Beacon