August 4, 2015

They Broke It, We Bought It

Retired Army General says the Army is busted:
The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the past four years, the Army has canceled 20 major programs, postponed 125 and restructured 124. The Army will not replace its Reagan-era tanks, infantry carriers, artillery and aircraft for at least a generation. Soldiers stay in the ranks because they serve in a unit ready for combat; fewer than a third of the Army’s combat brigades are combat-ready.

And this initial 40,000-soldier reduction is just a start. Most estimates from Congress anticipate that without lifting the budget sequestration that is driving this across-the-board decline, another 40,000 troops will be gone in about two years.

But it’s soldiers who tell the story. After 13 years of war, young leaders are voting with their feet again. As sergeants and young officers depart, the institution is breaking for a third time in my lifetime. The personal tragedies that attended the collapse of a soldier’s spirit in past wars are with us again. Suicide, family abuse, alcohol and drug abuse are becoming increasingly more common.
Story here.

My E6 daughter posted this on her FB page.

 I'd say the chances of her re-enlisting are slim and none at this time. She's a good soldier, but she's had just about enough.


Ian H said...

It sounds like stageThee or four ofthe plan to emasculate the American armed forces!

LL said...

I left.

Miss the guys but never looked back and made out just fine.

Capt. Schmoe said...

I don't know, I know a lot of people that had a bunch of time in and then left. Many wish they had toughed it out to get their 20.

sig94 said...

My kid's contract runs out in Jan 2017, just after the elections. Don't know what she'll do but the Army won't wait that long for her to make up her mind; by the looks of things they don't want conscientious people to stay anyway.