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  •  Sometimes pay needs to be cut. (0+ / 0-)

    Both for military employees, and for civilian ones. Obviously, not excessively. But it needs to happen sometimes, and there is no reason why the military and only the military should be exempt from cuts (which is a view shared by many Democratic and Republican candidates).

    •  The issue is that those cuts are happening when (2+ / 0-)
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      RandomNonviolence, Calamity Jean

      there are SO many other things we can cut (F-35, for example).

      •  Special Forces to gain 3k men. (0+ / 0-)

        I keep wondering where all these special individuals come from? Are we depriving of regular line battalions of the leadership core?

        The French Foreign Legion per Simon Murray has trouble keeping their Legion up to pitch, there are not enough little wars and special ops to go around apparently.

    •  But these cuts (pay and otherwise) (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      are borne more by the low end of the wage scale in both the military and civilian forces.  

      Just as in the world of "private" business, the ones who can afford it least are the first to see there paychecks shrink.  The ones at the top rarely bear this kind of burden, just like  CEOs.

      Thin out the top ranks; incentivize those in the middle who have "learned the lessons" of the last decade; cut the disproportionate pay scales at the top and then (egads!  don't faint!)... distribute that savings to those in the bottom and lower-middle ranks of both military and civilian forces.

      You do realize we're screaming for pay increases for people who make minimum wage contracting in DC, as well as in private business -- but do you have any idea how many there are of us in both the military and civil services who barely (if that) make a living family wage?!  And yes... some of us veterans have gone into civil service for a variety of reasons... but believe me, most of us are not getting a CEO wage scale!!!  (Not to mention, for years now no pay raises and merit increases killed after they've been awarded to you!)

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