Pentagon May Oust Troops Involuntarily to Meet Reductions in Budget Plan
The Defense Department may have to force soldiers, Marines or other members of the military out of the services for the first time since the aftermath of the Cold War to achieve the spending reductions in its budget proposal.
The Pentagon plans to cut 67,100 soldiers from active and reserve Army units and the Army National Guard in the five years starting Oct. 1, as well as 15,200 from the active and reserve ranks of the Marine Corps as part of an effort to save $487 billion over a decade, according to the budget sent to Congress today. The Navy and Air Force would lose fewer people — 8,600 and 1,700 respectively — because of their role in a strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.
The military will first try buying out contracts or offering bonuses for people to leave, while working to keep those with valuable specialties such as cyber warfare and acquisitions, according to Travis Sharp, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington policy group, who attended a Pentagon briefing for analysts last month.
The Pentagon has said it is aiming to a create a smaller, more agile military. Special operations forces, whose commandos killed Osama bin Laden last year, would be expanded.
Read between the lines. Who’s getting the brunt of these cuts?
Let me spell it out for you:
B-L-A-C-K, and to a smaller extent, H-I-S-P-A-N-I-C.
Republicans in Congress already have signaled they will challenge the Pentagon reductions when lawmakers take up the proposed fiscal 2013 budget that President Barack Obama sent to Congress today.
Maybe they shouldn’t, especially if I’m right with my theory.
“I don’t think we can stand here and say there won’t be any involuntary separation,” Hale told reporters at the Pentagon today. “We have very high retention right now with the economy still fairly weak. If that changes, it will be easier. If it doesn’t, it will be harder.”
The department will seek to “do this in as humane a way as we can,” Hale said.
Maybe it’s time to reintroduce the word “manumission” to the American vocabulary? A lot of people were worried about the draft coming back, the Pentagon conscripting men who may not to come. In reality, it’s going to have the opposite problem — Jettisoning people who don’t want to leave, in an economy still mired in a severe recession.
The DOJ-HLS-ADL-SPLC continuum released a report a couple of years ago worried about returning military veterans and “right wing extremism.” I should think they would run another report like this in light of the coming personnel cuts, but if they don’t, that might be another clue about my race theory above. Why would blacks and Hispanics in general, much less ones laid off from the Army, run out and become right-wing anything, much less right-wing extremists?