40,000 American Army Troops Cut – What Does That Mean For Them, America, And YOU?

Marines-Public-Domain-520x245July 8, 2015

By Lorra B.

We live in a country consumed with fears of potential war and the never-ending threat of ISIS on our own soil. Yet, the U.S. Army is looking to shed 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years, leaving many citizens and troops concerned that we will not only be ill equipped to fight wars effectively but that our troops moral may sink to all-new lows.

Diminishing resources have been blamed as a contributing factor in cutting active military down to 450,000 troops from 490.000 by the end of 2017. The upcoming cuts have military personnel not only anxious but also changing how they view the military.

$287 million was spent on programs with one goal in mind, improving the morale of the U.S. military. It seems the money spent boosting the soldiers moral may have been better spent finding ways to keep soldiers employed. According to USA Today, 52% of American troops “across all branches remain pessimistic about their future in the military.” What is even more interesting is that declining moral seems to be caused by financial stresses, both in pay grade and longevity of career.

According to a 2014 Military Times study “In 2009, 87 percent of active-duty troops who participated in Military Time’s survey rated their pay and allowances ‘good’ or ‘excellent. This year the figure was just 44 percent.”

Our military has gotten the smallest pay hike in 41 years at just 1%. 

Now, adding to their already low moral, troops also worry about the longevity of their service, and with good cause. The Budget cuts being announced are cuts to the Army but many other military branches are worried as well.

“Thirty years ago, if you were a good airman and worked hard, you could serve for 20 years,” stated Air Force Chief Master Sergeant James Cody. “I’m not sure you can say the same today. [The budget] is curtailing the ability to serve.”

imageedit_15_4387731615The budget planners at the Pentagon have grieved over the budget restraints saying they are “dangerous to national security, but over the last three years Congress has not found any realistic compromise to replace or dismiss the spending caps.”

The anxieties the budget cuts are creating in the ranks are surmountable. Military members have expressed concerns about career options, their pay and what it will mean for their readiness to fight. Army Sergeant Major Dan Daily stated, “We may have to tell good soldiers to go home.”

Our soldiers “should not have to deal with thinking about if they’re going to have enough resources to go ahead and do our mission,” stated Marine Corps Major Ronald Green.

Soldiers have tremendous burdens just trying to make the resources they have work for them in and off the field. The fear of being ‘laid off’ shouldn’t be another one of those burdens. Yet, it is, and for good reason. 40,000 of their jobs will be cut along with 17,000 civilian Army workers.

What does this all mean for the Untied States and her ability to fight a war and what does it mean to you?

These budget cuts, which will naturally bring about moral issues for our troops, were announced right after President Obama stated that the US would be stepping up its campaign in Syria and adding that it would be a long battle indeed! Yet, 40,000 troops will be cut.

This doesn’t make sense to me and it didn’t make sense to Alaskan Republican Senator Dan Sullivan either and he stated as much. There are valid concerns of Russian hostility in the Arctic and military assets are shifting to the Asia-Pacific. Budget cuts downsizing forces in Alaska “make no strategic sense,” said Sullivan.

If this war is going to be a long one, and most agree it will, why would cuts be made to our troops in the first place? You know, the ones actually protecting America.

Defense cuts are sparking real doubts with both our citizens and our troops. With moral on a seemingly ever-downward spin of late and upcoming military personnel ‘lay-offs’ many ponder whether America will be in a position to defend itself against war, and rightfully so.

According to the Heritage Foundation the US military, under the Obama Administration, is now only ‘marginally able’ to defend her because of how depleted the military has become. We have the lowest troop levels since World War II.

Screenshot credit, State Of Defence

Screenshot credit, State Of Defense

Cutting 40,000 troops to already depleted ranks is an error during time of war, and make no mistake, we are in a time of war. This cut is wrong for America and it is wrong for her citizens who should not have to live in fear whether they will be protected from outside, or inside threats.

By Lorra B.

17 thoughts on “40,000 American Army Troops Cut – What Does That Mean For Them, America, And YOU?

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
    You are so right! The first thing this leader does is cut out our freedom of religion in the service which is against the Constitution and now he is trying to reduce forces to cut their legs and our country’s out from under them. It is time for the Congress to step up to the plate. He has caused this country great harm and he has to be stopped!

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  2. This can only lead to one thing, and it’s not a trip to Disney! Once again, the bungler-in-chief has managed to step in and screw up a good situation. We had the best trained, best equipped, best “ready” armed forces in the world before 2009. What has happened over the last six plus years is a criminal act. I only hope God can forgive this man. I don’t know if I have it in me to do it.

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  3. Reblogged this on Arlin Report and commented:
    The time has come that the citizens of the United States defended its military from a President who has an agenda of destroying us. To do that he must deplete the our military. This is a constructed plan, not a budget cut. This is an excellent article by Lorra.

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  4. These actions are showing more and more a ‘Bucket List’ being accomplished – to me – it all points to the NWO take-over. This List is to bring in the ‘New’ while bringing down the old that was based on the Word of God. Now we have the mimic, word of the adversary => the total Lie Program in play.

    A bit OT but … since I ‘complained’ to you that I was recently getting spam on my hotmail e-address (like it had been sold to the spammers) it’s actually been better – so I guess I won’t have to change it – that’s good news. The other news is while looking how to ‘block’ incoming spam, I came across this and how it fits with this posting topic and other facets of society coming under rule of the enemy:

    Thanks Lorra!

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  5. Damn woman, I didn’t know you wrote this freestyle, you have now deservedly become a member along with me of OBAMA’S enemies list. Well done, as you were, smoke um if you got um and all that soldier type stuff.

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