Dear New York Times

Go take a long walk off a short pier.

We, those of us who served in the military, defended your 1st Amendment rights. Some of us even bought your paper. And how do you thanks us?

Much of that is necessary to recruit and retain a high-quality, all-volunteer military. The men and women who risk their lives to keep us secure deserve decent pay while they serve and ample benefits once they retire. But current military pay, pension systems and retiree health care benefits are unsustainable and ripe for reform.
The Pentagon Budget and the Deficit New York Times, September 26, 2011

Strange, for such a “bold” idea, no one at the paper attaches their name to it. Oh, and the version in print has the slap in the face title: “The Pentagon Budget and the Deficit: Containing spiraling personnel costs has to be part of the solution.”

Hey asshats, personnel costs spiral because it’s not the 1950’s anymore. Many service members have families. An all volunteer force was promised benefits and a pension in exchange for the best years of our lives.

No one wants to go back to the 70’s and early 80’s. Service members on food stamps. Leadership leaving due to the bad climate. Rampant drug abuse and legal problems due to the draft era soldiers wrecking the military.

A draft will not save the DOD.

Hilarious story in the current issue of Combat Aircraft. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Hungarian air force was in bad shape. It had inherited a huge fleet of aging airplanes from its former Soviet ally, as well as personnel that were mostly poorly-trained conscripts.

ordered to de-ice them before flying operations in wintertime. It is recalled that, since no jet fuel was available for jet heaters, these soldiers used brooms to remove the ice, a process which resulted in the MiGs’ honeycomb structures such as elevators, flaps, rudders and ailerons being seriously damaged.

Several of the MiGs never flew again. Not coincidentally, Hungary ended the draft in 2005.

If we want a “the post-Vietnam Carter era of the late 1970s” then we should listen to the NYT. In liberal logicland, the military is a game of just numbers and the people are furniture.

In the real world, we need to keep the pay and bennies that will attract the best people. It’s not numbers but knowledge, experience and courage. You can’t draft it, buy it or rent it. The world can’t wait for us to fix our fiscal mess, the bad guys are moving now.

We have to fix the military we have, not gut it.

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