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Pentagon breaks another promise

From The News Tribune:
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has reneged on its offer to pay a $15,000 bonus to members of the National Guard and Army Reserve who agree to extend their enlistments by six years, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Seattle).

The bonuses were offered in January to Active Guard and Reserve and military technician soldiers who were serving overseas. In April, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs ordered the bonuses stopped, Murray said.

“This is outrageous,” the senator said in a telephone interview. “It makes me angry that this administration has broken another promise to our troops.”

A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, confirmed the bonuses had been canceled, saying they violated Pentagon policies because they duplicated other programs. She said Guard and Reserve members would be eligible for other bonuses.

Krenke said some soldiers had been paid the re-enlistment bonuses, but she was unsure how many or whether the money would have to be repaid. Murray’s office said that as far as it knew, no active Guard or Reserve members had received the bonuses.

A Murray spokeswoman, Alex Glass, said Krenke’s explanation was unacceptable.

“They can spin it anyway they want,” Glass said. “But this is a promise they are trying to explain away.”

The bonus offer was part of the Pentagon’s effort to retain Guard and Reserve members at a time of declining enlistments in the regular Army.

Lying, cheating, fraudulent bastards. Every one of these soldiers should be released of their obligations since their agreement was based on a fraud. The Pentagon and this adminstration will stop at nothing to hoodwink people into fighting their (unjust) war; the ends justify the means, right? Wrong! Our nation is being run by a bunch of crooks and liars, under the leadership of a self-professed, "faithful" Christian. Pathetic.


  • At 10/19/2005 03:09:00 PM, Blogger SonofServedo said…

    Yep ... Ive been in the military since 1979 active, reserve, and now Guard. I can attest to the shenanigans ... the Air Force was offering certain bonuses as well and I PERSONALLY know of one individual who enlisted at the promised $10,000 level and they beat them out of it too. They used a bunch of weasel words to justify it but like my old gunny used to say "That's Bullshit". That person ended up with a lower bonus (about $3000) but they wanted to enlist anyway so it all worked out (isn't the military lucky so many folks just want to serve regardless?). But to us old hands it is indicative of the crapola coming out of the current administration. They all shout "Support the Troops" and put those cute little yellow ribbon stickers on their car and then turn around and Lie, Cheat, and Steal (in the old days used to be benefits but now its your CASH! These guys mean business.). They have no shame and no HONOR but they preach "core values" at us like mantras. Typical empty suits at the top. But hey, I hang in there for intrinsic reasons ... I refuse to give it over to these idiots ... we serve the empire but were not all mindless automotons and lucky for us unit leadership is still pretty darned good and we have a few good generals in middle management. How they outran the administrations penchant for axing anyone with a divergent view I havent a clue. Perhaps they realize they need them and us peons at the bottom to actually run things ... but its getting harder to hide from the thought police every year.

    Thanks for the rant space! Keep on keepin on man!


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