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Panetta To Recommend Troops Have Their Pay Cut…

Of all the things to cut, troops pay should be dead last.

Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year.

Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department’s 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of “budget uncertainties,” a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.

Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.

The recommendation is tied to the Defense Department’s 2014 budget recommendation, which was expected to be sent to Congress this month, one of the officials said. But the officials acknowledge it is going to be seen as an effort to push Congress to stop the automatic budget cuts that could go into effect if no deal is reached on spending reductions.
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
Way to thank them for risking their lives. Politicians vote themselves raises for sitting behind a pile of paper and feeding the people lies. But for those in the thick of it, who already don't make much. Why would they need more money?

This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
Panetta is a fat piece of shit on a roll.

Very hard to stop.
I think that I've made myself clear on how I feel about the troops in numerous other threads. For those who may not understand where I'm coming from or how I feel let me sum it up like this. Shove it up your fat ass sideways Panetta you low life piece of shit. How about we just halve, better yet quarter, the salary of the Defense Secretary and all of the other members of the cabinet. That will definitely save us some money.
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Gotta find money for the increasing welfare payments ya know.
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With the proliferation of drones and robots, within 30 years there probably wont be even 1/4 of many humans in US combat formations as there are now.

And the military is already a mere shadow of the size it was when i was in.
Update: Warped sense of priorities.

Quote:WASHINGTON (AP) — The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, the officials said, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as some health and welfare programs.

Panetta must walk a fine, legal line. While there has been increased pressure on the Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex partners, defense officials must be careful not to violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. The federal law forbids the federal government from recognizing any marriage other than those between a man and a woman.
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
How can you cut the pay of the troops? How many go on multiple tours, come back burned out, traumatized, suffering from PTSD? This will only hurt morale.
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How about we stop giving Foreign aid to shit hole countries that hate us and stop entitlements to ILLEGAL aliens and give the men and women who serve the money?
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It's not a pay's less of a pay increase for 2014. They will still get a raise, just 1%.
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