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  •  OK. But last time I looked, personnel in the (1+ / 0-)
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    aggregate is still the costliest "item" in the military's overall budget (all aspects of arming, feeding, clothing, health care, etc.). The primary foci here was individual, i.e., the contractual nature of the relationship between individual and agency. Any cuts to personnel-related programs affects morale, future enlistments and reenlistments (for those conflicts you're talking about), basic cultural values and norms that contribute to an individual's decision to serve his/her country. This translates into readiness. In a broader sense, too, the populace tends (or at least is tending) to support serving military and veterans, so these cuts to personnel (current and former service) are also a potential tinderbox that will facilitate generating pressure on legislators to stop the gamesmanship. Also, I don't like it being stated that I operate without "much thought." I get to give education of servicemembers and vets daily thought because I've been assisting individuals in their pursuits for about eight years. I agree with you that issues related to cuts are more complicated than a paragraph post online can represent. That's why it was a paragraph and focused on TA.  

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    by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:49:57 AM PST

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