The decision to send pink slips to soldiers overseas on active duty is dangerous and bad for morale, says retired Major Gen. Robert Scales, but that’s exactly what the Pentagon did.
Thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan have received pink slips. And yet, Bowe Bergdahl is back on active duty and there is a chance he will receive a hefty back pay check.
Defense Department officials said the reductions are the result of mandatory spending cuts imposed by sequestration and are part of their larger plan to reduce the number of U.S. soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000.
Apparently, the Obama administration can’t find anyplace else to cut back; I imagine the White House dog walker who makes over $100,000 is more important than our military personnel.
Roughly 2,600 captains and other officers have or will be laid off, with more expected, Fox News reported.
Gen. John Campbell told Congress that 1,100 soldiers, including some currently serving in Afghanistan, would be receiving pink slips due to sequestration budget cuts to the Defense Department.
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in response: “Once again [President Obama] is putting domestic politics ahead of the security of our nation. The Army captains and majors receiving pink slips while on the battlefield is just the latest example.
“My heart goes out to these men and women who are risking their lives and making great sacrifices, yet are now being told they are being separated from the Army and will have no job when they return home to their families.”
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