There was an article posted Thursday on PersonalLiberty.com that says budget cuts could force the US Army to lay off as many as 29,000 soldiers.
“I hate to throw out numbers, but I have seen numbers that will approach the enlisted category perhaps as high as the mid-20s — 23, 24,000,” Thomas R. Lamont, the Army’s top personnel official, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee Wednesday.
“And on the officer contingent — again these are very rough numbers and all based again on assumptions and attrition rates — officers may go up to 4,500, maybe 5,000,” said Lamont, assistant Army secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.
“There will be some officers — and there will be some very good non-commissioned officers — that will want to stay in the Army and will probably not,” added Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Army deputy chief of staff.
The soldiers agreed to fight and die for America — an honorable and respectable profession. We should not ask them to make sacrifices before all of the people on government welfare, government housing, food stamps, etc.