As an addendum to yesterday's post, The New York Times editorialized today in support of proposed defense cuts, including to soldiers' compensation. It said: "Mr. Hagel made a strong case for 'fair and responsible adjustments' in compensation. His proposals include slowing the growth of tax-free housing allowances for military personnel and increasing health insurance deductibles and some co-payments for military retirees and some family members of active servicemen. Even more reforms are needed, but these are a reasonable start."
So now, after years of hand-wringing about the stress of repeat deployments on the mental health of soldiers and the negative effects on their families, and with repeat deployments to Afghanistan continuing even as the Army shrinks, the Times' solution is to cut pay and benefits for the remaining soldiers by more than Hagel is proposing. So I think that means we can categorize all their years of purported concern for the well-being of the troops as just so much b.s.