8,700 DOD Employees Hit The Unemployment Lines
Many Thousands More Will Follow
By Dell Hill
Bill Clinton “cut the size of government” by riffing the military by
thousands of active duty personnel, along with base closures in many
areas. His cuts resulted in the extensive use of National Guard and
Reserve forces being activated for operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan...to the point of several deployments for many.
Today, the military will take it on the chin again. This time to meet budgetary constraints.
More on this move from The Washington Post:
Army said Thursday it is moving forward with plans announced in July to
cut about 8,700 positions, using a mix of early retirement offers,
buyouts and attrition to trim the jobs by the end of the fiscal year in
late September. …
cuts will come in 37 states at 70 different locations across eight
commands and agencies with nearly 90 percent of the cuts taking place
within the Installation Management Command, Army Materiel Command and
the Training and Doctrine Command. Most of the cuts are likely to occur
in Virginia and Texas, where most of the DOD’s civilian workers are
failure of the bipartisan debt supercommittee means the Pentagon budget
could be cut by a total of $1 trillion over the next decade — what
defense leaders warn is a “huge” cut that would amount to a 23 percent
reduction in the defense budget, resulting in furloughs and layoffs of
“many” civilians and a reduction in the size of the military. Defense
Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned that the cuts could be “devastating” for the Pentagon, creating a “substantial risk” that the country’s defense needs might not be met.”
is an awful lot of people hitting the unemployment lines, not to
mention the thousands more who will follow them directly. 8,700 will
pale by comparison. (Of course, the way they figure unemployment in
Washington, probably the rate will go DOWN!)
Remember that civilian police force that President Obama had on his agenda? You may be seeing it sooner than you think.
Keep your powder dry and watch your top knot.