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Re: Army: 78% Of Combat Brigades Will Skip Training Due To Sequester, CR
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 10:25:17 AM »

They continue to try to scare Republicans into accepting a tax increase out of fear of the "draconian" defense cuts.  But the GOP rank and file could care less.  The Commander in Chief sleeps instead of deploying the military, anyway.  Why give him one?
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Re: Army: 78% Of Combat Brigades Will Skip Training Due To Sequester, CR
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 01:33:12 PM »
Personnel: Soldiers' salaries are exempt from sequestration cuts (although not their healthcare program), but the Army will have to put every single one of its 251,000 employees on unpaid leave for the legal maximum of 22 days. And even that may not be enough without congressional permission to "reprogram" money from one account to another, the detailed talking points state: "Without reprogramming authority, multiple commands at risk of not supporting payroll even after 22-day furlough."

It sounds like a lot of civilian contractor positions need to be cut, especially where it comes down to the office cubicle workers. Too many civilians are doing the job that military personnel are supposed to be doing. I frequently go to the nearby military base, yet I often wonder where the troops are. I went through AIT that base years ago, and there used to be troops everywhere. Now, you only see them at the PX.

Equipment: The massive effort to ship equipment home from Afghanistan, refurnish it, and return it to combat units will grind to a halt. Shutdowns at Army depots alone will stop work on 1,300 trucks, 14,000 radios, and 17,000 weapons of various types. The ripple effects may delay needed equipment getting to some units by "3-4 years." That's right, three to four years.

Hmmm - The company I worked for took a contract to refurbish US military vehicles in Bosnia. Not only could we do it quicker, but the military did not have to pay the transport costs, nor have to comply with all the feel-good EPA regs. Don't get me wrong, worker safety was a priority, but too much regulation raises costs through the roof. We provided a significant cost savings to the US military and the taxpayer. 

While I am on the subject of Bosnia, we would transport units to Glamoc Training area, near the Croatian border for gunnery exercises. We set up a temporary base of support while the units themselves would set up and conduct their training. Unlike Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, where everything is computerized and regulated to the point of being nothing more than canned exercises, Glamoc was actually a breath of fresh air and excellent training. Move, shoot, and communicate.

I'm not saying we should return to Bosnia, but the concepts of training could be repeated. Troops don't need all the high-tech, whiz-bang gadgets to be able to accurately engage a target.
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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