Military Pensions

“Why is military retirement hated so much? Let’s see, I sacrifice my time, my body, my family and potentially my life for 20 years for only half of my base pay. I can still go the PX and commissary and get increasingly eroding medical benefits. Then I am demonized by people like Mr. Rumbaugh for wanting to be a productive member of society by actually being gainfully employed for a second career. If people are so upset that I have earned a military retirement then they need to get off their lazy asses and sign up. They can live with the sacrifices and everlasting scars. It pisses me off to no end the idiots that have never spent a day in uniform telling us we are lesser citizens and deserve nothing for our sacrifices”
— user “FAEX” comments on Applause for screwing the troops, This Ain’t Hell.

And the lefty media answers:

“They protest too much. Way too much. The military pension system is not only extremely generous, it is also counterproductive. It drains defense money from today’s troops and weapons. And while the system encourages some people to consider the military who otherwise might not, it also encourages them to leave early, taking their first-rate training to go double-dip by moving into a civilian government job. In any case, they can collect pensions — intended as old-age protection — in the prime of their working lives.”
— USA Today’s editoral “Defend military pension cuts: Our view

“Yeah, the system is way too generous. When I retired, twenty years ago yesterday, my pension was less than $12,000/year. In those twenty years, the generous COLA increases have brought the generous pension to a little more than $18,000 last year. ”
Jonn Lilyea responds

There are a lot of myths about military pay (BAH does not go up with family size, married servicemembers don’t make that much more than single ones). The veteran and active duty military communities aren’t as active politically as the defense industry or the vote-buying lefty groups, the rent seeking K-Street companies or the grievance-mongers who populate talk shows.

Stars and Stripes blew a large hole in the pension “crisis”:

The Military Times reports that while military and civilian personnel costs have grown by 78 percent between 2001 and 2012, the overall defense budget has been growing even faster, calling into question the emphatic calls from Pentagon brass to reduce personnel-related costs.

That’s less than the increases in total military spending, which is up 85 percent since 2001,…

The left hates the military’s success and wants the money for their pipe dreams. Deficit hawks simply see dollar signs and don’t care that the military will bleed skilled personnel for years. The media is quick to report on “soldier’s using food stamps” yet defends cuts to pay, pensions and medical benefits as “necessary”.

UPDATE: XBradTC is quick to add:

But with an active force of less than 1% of the population, and retirees being a similarly small slice of the population, they don’t have the votes to influence the p0pulation like the 47% that receive some form of assistance.

Yeah, it’s so necessary to take food and rent money from the men and women defending the country AND expect them to continue to re-enlist. It’s not working that well in the real world.

A draft army wouldn’t fix this, a smaller military is a less capable military. The DoD is the one government department that actually produces results, benefits the people (research, the G.I. Bill, et al) and still has the people’s respect.

Contact your Veteran’s Service Organization and your representative. We can’t afford a repeat of the 90’s.

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