I mean what the hell is next? Taking away weapons and letting the troops fight with their bare hands?

In news today Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who is leaving office very soon has decided to leave behind a lasting legacy by what?

Get Ready!

Recommending that troops salaries be limited to a 1% increase starting in 2014.

Read article from CNN here

So a few years ago I spoke on the No Pay for Troops issue that occurred when the twerps in Congress had that little “Government Shutdown” issue ,that I winded up on MSNBC speaking about.

Now here we are close to two years later, and Leon Panetta who for whatever reason I thought had our backs especially since he thought it was so great of him to lift the veil on women in combat (yea nice way to leave office) thinks that it’s okay to reduce pay for our military?

 I’m so sick of repeating my thoughts on the fact that these men and women spend months if not years away from home, they deal with the politics of the military , and leave their families behind frequently.

Contrary to some of the publics beliefs the military doesn’t make as much money as many may think. Sure we can live well with a little budgeting and enjoying some of the perks of living on post that allow a little extra cash flow but even then things are still extremely tight.

Hell wasn’t hot breakfast just cut in certain combat zones for service members? Now you want to remove the little bit of extra money they get that buys those extra groceries since commissaries charge a hell of a surcharge that we mind as well consider tax, or pays for the extra gas that my husband frequently had to use running from one part of post to the other?

And as usual the naysayers will say “well something has to be cut , we can’t keep spending” …blah blah blah! You are probably right but I can tell you this , that shouldn’t have to fall on the military.

Call me what you want but these men and women who serve are the backbone of this country. Save your budget analysis and stats for someone who gives a damn. I think the least we can do in a time when military suicides and divorces are at an all time high is let our brave folks keep some of the chump change you pay them!

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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of SoFluential.com a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

7 Comments on Coward Move: Leon Panetta Recommends Troop Pay Cut Right Before Leaving Office As Defense Secretary!

  1. That’s just wrong, I honestly swear it looks more and more like when things get tough they (the powers that be) seem to think that by taking away from those who don’t already haven a lot/enough that that somehow balances the scales. Forgive me but I don’t bloody see how docking/cutting/stopping/holding etc… SM’s pay on any level helps balance the scales. Then not only do you cut the pay, they raise the taxes, and the insurance and in some cases even look for ways to discharge them from the military so they’re no longer an issue! ***Not on any level does my next comment intend to make it seem like my SM has done more than any other SM*** My husbands been deployed three times, has gotten injured three times, has the scars and the medical issues to prove it, SHOW HIM SOME *bleep* RESPECT AND LEAVE HIS *bleep* SALARY THE *bleep* ALONE!!!!

  2. I’M WITH YOU!!! I will probably get flack for sharing it along with my opinion but I don’t care. I do not understand this!

  3. According to this news article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/defense-budget-cuts_n_2584099.html our soldiers are paid to lavishly! What a joke! Even the extra pay we get while they are deployed only goes to picking up the responsibilities that our soldiers would usually do. I think the law makers should take a pay cut! We don’t get paid “lavishly” for what our soldiers and their families have to put up with! Maybe the military should quit contracting out jobs that our soldiers use to do. Maybe they should not have privatized housing. The contractors are whose getting the lavish payments!

  4. You’ll forgive my general ignorance about how the world functions, in political and military matters anyway. I’m a woman, you can ask me something about emotions or cooking, or mothering, and I’ll probably have some insight. Just don’t ask me any hard factual stuff, my feeble, glitter-encrusted brain couldn’t possibly be expected to process logical thought. Oh and if you’re a guy, don’t ask me anything about being successful with women, I’ll only tell you some bullshit that will not improve your chances at all. Unless you do the exact opposite.

  5. I am so sick and tired of them cutting pay of our soldiers. These man and women are fighting for all of these fuckers freedom and they want to cut there pay! (excuse my french)WTF is wrong with these peoples! Cut your own salaries dam it! Sorry am just fed up! This is exactly why my hubsand wants to get out!

  6. I usually do not create a lot of responses, but i did some searching and wound up here Coward Move: Leon Panetta Recommends Troop Pay Cut Right Before Leaving Office As Defense Secretary!
    | Army Wife 101. And I actually do have some questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it seem like a few of these responses look like they are written by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are posting on other online social sites, I would like to keep up with anything fresh you have to post. Could you list of every one of your public pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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