Suspension of military tuition assistance; Obama’s budget cut retaliation up-close and personal
This week the Air Force joined with the Army and Marines in cutting tuition assistance due to “sweeping” federal budget cuts. When faced with a budget crisis—whether real or imagined like Obama’s sequestration—too many politicians will threaten first responders before they cut their own bloated, nonproductive programs. The Armed forces is one of the few constitutionally mandated functions that exists today. Of course, Obama plans to make budget cuts personal so he and Organizing for America can manufacture sob stories making any opposition to his massive spending programs appear cruel. Big Government will not be denied.
Education in today’s all-volunteer military is a major factor in considering promotions. An unnamed recruiter stated that “College benefits are the absolute main reason they do it, it’s going to be pretty hard,” he said. “You start wondering what else will be cut.” An education will help the service member find a decent job when he leaves the military. Without higher education many troops will have a difficult time starting out as anything more than a Walmart greeter.
The military education benefit cuts are projected to save $600 million, about what the Obamas spent on their vacations over the last couple of years. The current Commander-in-Chief is not setting a good example. With all of the deployment commitments already borne on the shoulders of this all volunteer force, they are now expected to sacrifice even more so low information voters can have their Obamaphones. The main benefit of tuition assistance is to allow service members to obtain a college degree without incurring debt.
Obama never served in the military and has never been in charge of anything until low information voters and the national media put him in the White House. Needless to say, such a dearth of experience makes for an inept leader. Outside of campaigning what is he good at? Clearly he has no concern for subordinates. The Benghazi fiasco and cover-up make that palpably obvious. One lesson you learn as a front line supervisor…don’t screw or abandon your troops. No Senior Non Commissioned Officer would put up with a junior NCO who behaves the way this President does.