Want to know what grinds my gears? Some congress critter whose entire knowledge of the military is limited to spending one year in ROTC in college and managing to make it through Basic Training before being discharged for a medical reason (pg 34) telling me that downsizing of the Infantry which will result in the reduction of support personnel will not have an impact on military readiness.
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, agrees that Fort Benning will fare well even with changes in the defense budget. Downsizing of the infantry means there won’t be as much of a need for support personnel as has been projected.
First things first. I served 20 plus years in the Army in the Infantry as an enlisted man. There are several truisms that relate to life in the Infantry. First is that no war or conflict has ever been won without boots on the ground. Unless you have the manpower to plant your flag on the enemies ground you can’t very well claim victory. Another truism is that 99% of weapons ever invented, planned, or utilized were done so with one purpose, to disable, maim or kill the Infantryman. If you think reducing the size of the Infantry is a good thing you are either a JAG lawyer or Ron Paul.
The other thing that gets my goat is that because of this guys 1 year stint in ROTC while attending college and a 7 week visit to Ft Benning he gets to call himself an Honorably Discharged Veteran. Never served in a unit. I guess I shouldn’t be such a hardass on this point, and he at least appears to have made a good faith attempt I just wish we wouldn’t imbue him as some sort of military expert status based on this passing acquantance with the Army.
Anyway the article is about the effect on the civilian work force which supports the Army and the possible impact on businesses in the civilian community which depend on the military in light of the propose budget cuts to pay for Obamacare and other socialist programs being pushed by this administration. Ft Benning has already had to lay off 250 civilians and expect to lay off more.
The post has pared 200 jobs and must cut 50 more to reach the Army’s goal.
“We don’t know until we see the numbers,” Jones said of the latest cuts. “As anything with a big organization, you can’t wait until the last minute to start implementing changes. Until we know what that level of change needs to be, which we anticipate is probably going to be significant, we don’t know what significant means yet.”