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According to (and some hot phone calls we just got here at work from military contacts) repubican chickenhawk hypocrisy, democratic conflict-aversion spinelessness and their impacts on servicemembers and veterans have not yet reached their nadir. Access to tuition assistance dollars is one of several tools military recruiters have been able to use to entice eligible Americans to lend their talents (and their lives) to serving the country in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The "contract" entered into between average citizens and their government through enlistment in the military is pretty simple, and the promise of access to tuition assistance is one of the means by which bright, often young men and women, who have not been blessed with Bushesque or Romneyesque paid-in-full trust fund "scholarships" to the Ivy League schools, basically sign their very lives away to get a semblance of opportunities upon which the children of the 1 percent float through life. That rising tide cited by Reagan (that continues to sink many boats) has led the federal government to begin breaking that basic contract with servicemembers, many of whom have served multiple deployments in the repubican-initiated and democratic-facilitated wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Access to tuition assistance for Marine Corps has already been suspended. Army soldiers' TA access will cease as of 5:00 p.m. today. The impact will reach down to hundreds of thousands of servicemembers who are in the middle of pursuing degree programs, as well as the nearly 2,000 higher education institutions who have been participating in these TA programs. Of course, I help administer the program for the Army on the education side, so I and my colleagues are most likely toast, but quite frankly, I'm used to this. Have been downsized three times in two years. Keep it up my beloved government. Keep cranking down the screws, ignore your oaths, disregard your contracts, dishonor your offices. It will make it much easier see you as the treacherous jerks that you are just prior to your getting flushed into the cesspool of history. Be blessed.

Originally posted to dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 09:58 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 05:23:54 AM PST

  •  Just like always. (6+ / 0-)

    1st thing that they always cut off the military budget is services to the service members.

    God forbid some defense contractor who's in breach of contract might not get their money, or we might stop forking over the money to pay some mercenaries to do some job that we don't want to talk about.

    Nah, much better to stomp hard on the people who are trying to serve their country, and ensure that they only see benefits as coming from the Republicans.

    Worked under Clinton!  


    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:42:00 AM PST

    •  Agree. Funny how the millions (5+ / 0-)

      represented in education funds (which are sure to have a long-term positive return on investment of about six to one if GI Bill after WWII can be used as a benchmark) will get sacrificed instead of another weapons system, which will impact one company to the tune of billions and maybe the lives of a couple of hundred contract workers. Now there's smart money management.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:46:33 AM PST

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      •  Typical (0+ / 0-)

        You're both looking at this through those blinders without much thought!!

        We still have, and are sending the military into, a combat theater that while being relatively quiet as to the combat operations could blow at anytime as the weather is shifting once again in Afghanistan. For most the last thing on their minds in the Pentagon, certainly there are some who do the industries bidding for cushy jobs after retirement, are ongoing defense contracts and certainly proposals of new coming or being looked at. They'll cut, as I say below, anywhere funding can be without taking away from force ready possible needs, like Afghanistan which isn't only possible but probable as the drawdown continues especially, also needing funding to actually accomplish that!

        “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

        by jimstaro on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:36:59 AM PST

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        •  OK. But last time I looked, personnel in the (1+ / 0-)
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          aggregate is still the costliest "item" in the military's overall budget (all aspects of arming, feeding, clothing, health care, etc.). The primary foci here was individual, i.e., the contractual nature of the relationship between individual and agency. Any cuts to personnel-related programs affects morale, future enlistments and reenlistments (for those conflicts you're talking about), basic cultural values and norms that contribute to an individual's decision to serve his/her country. This translates into readiness. In a broader sense, too, the populace tends (or at least is tending) to support serving military and veterans, so these cuts to personnel (current and former service) are also a potential tinderbox that will facilitate generating pressure on legislators to stop the gamesmanship. Also, I don't like it being stated that I operate without "much thought." I get to give education of servicemembers and vets daily thought because I've been assisting individuals in their pursuits for about eight years. I agree with you that issues related to cuts are more complicated than a paragraph post online can represent. That's why it was a paragraph and focused on TA.  

          I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

          by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:49:57 AM PST

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      •  REVENUES (1+ / 0-)
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        Are needed just to pay for these war debts and the compounding interests on those, That's The Peoples Responsibility When Waging Wars Of Choice!!

        Same needed for other area's of everything used or there for the people.

        Nothing has been paid on them, especially once again the results of since day one, tax cuts came with them and the majorities went out the exhaust pipes in relation to the secret cheney energy deals while the wealthy hoarded theirs and that made off the investment in!!

        It's that simple!!

        “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

        by jimstaro on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:49:16 AM PST

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        •  I don't think we're disagreeing on principles. I (0+ / 0-)

          published an article in 2005 about the "coming federal budget crisis" that was based on the fact that the country could not conduct two wars off budget, cut taxes, and still expect there not to be an eventual day of reckoning. You're welcome to read this article if interested. It was posted in an online journal related to federal research grant funding. The absolute, undeniable wackadoodle management and pursuit of the wars from a policy and fiscal POV has been thorougly documented. I'm just adding one more example of how the wingnuttery manifests itself in screwing the little guy first (and foremost). I really don't think otherwise that the argument here was meant to address overarching geopolitical topics.

          I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

          by dannyboy1 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:04:02 AM PST

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        •  Maybe if we made corporations pay their goddamned (0+ / 0-)

          Taxes, we could use those "REVENUES" to honor the contracts with these soldiers.

          But no.

          Lets not do that. Lets instead give these corporations police powers via the patriot act, give them corporate welfare while beating up our own individual citizens, and screwing over military members, their families and veterans.

  •  Not Just the Military Tuition Assistance Programs (1+ / 0-)
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    Though I lead off with what you're posting on....

    As well as Military Base schools worldwide along with Military Health Care facilities possible!

    Marines halt new enrollments in tuition assistance programs; other services could follow
    March 5, 2013 - Some Marines are scrambling to find ways to pay for classes after a surprise announcement that the Marine Corps has stopped new enrollments in its tuition assistance program.

    The program was available for active-duty Marines attending high school completion courses, vocational courses or classes toward an associate, bachelor, master or doctorate degree after hours. It provided up to $4,500 per fiscal year, or $250 per semester hour or credit hour, according to a Marine Corps website.

    An administrative message published Saturday for all Navy and Marine Corps personnel from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus noted that one of the impacts of the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration would be to “cease new USMC enrollments in voluntary education tuition assistance.”  read more>>>

    Army to suspend tuition assistance
    Mar 8, 2013 - The Army plans to suspend tuition assistance as it copes with a tightening budget.

    The suspension will be effective at 5 p.m. EST today, March 8, according to an Army source.

    The suspension will apply to all components, the source said. Soldiers will no longer be allowed to submit new requests for tuition assistance through the GoArmyEd portal.  read more>>>

    Schools to announce sequestration impact next week
    March 6, 2013 - Students attending Department of Defense Dependents Schools should learn the impact of government funding cuts within a few days, officials said Thursday.

    In a letter to parents, DOD Education Activity Japan District superintendent Lois Rapp said an announcement of “school-level” plans to deal with sequestration — $50 billion in defense spending cuts — will come next week.

    The letter does not lay out any of the options that officials are considering but cites a DODEA website that suggests the impact of the cuts will be “significant.”  read more>>>

    Sequester could mean longer wait at clinics
    Mar 5, 2013 - Service members, families and retirees who receive care at military hospitals and clinics are likely to feel the sting of sequestration if civilian workers — roughly 41 percent of the nearly 140,000 Military Health System workforce — are furloughed, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

    Addressing the impact of the budget cuts for the first time, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson said in a statement posted on the MHS website that the cuts will hamper research, delay maintenance and slow equipment purchases.

    He added that if the department must furlough its civilian force, delivery of health care at military treatment facilities likely would be affected. read more>>>

    Instead of marking targeted area's to cut as to the Military Defense Budget and while still in the main missions war theater occupation, missions abandoned years back, the military will cut where force ready funding, Afghanistan could ramp up at anytime, is not affected as the military winds down operations in theater. Along with force ready funding for the many threats being voiced or otherwise in case those become more then threats. Because of the total obstruction in congress and not wanting to add revenues to pay for these wars especially as well as the long term results of, the peoples responsibility the Veterans Administration.

    And that's not all, more to come in other area's as to military operations in serving to defend, like this:

    More Cocaine Could Soon Be on Our Streets, Thanks to the Sequester
    Mar. 6, 2013 - Add this to the list of potential consequences of sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts totaling $85 billion this year that went into effect on Friday: more cocaine on our streets.

    According to the Virginian-Pilot, the Navy is pulling back from an operation that kept 160 tons of cocaine and 25,000 pounds of marijuana out of the United States last year. The program, called "Operation Martillo," was a joint effort between the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, and governmental agencies in Europe and Latin America. But now, due to sequestration, the Navy will not deploy two of its ships slated to replace two homebound Navy vessels that were participating in the program. Here's more from the Virginian-Pilot:  read more>>>

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:15:16 AM PST

  •  "Never volunteer" and (1+ / 0-)
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    "don't send them any money"

    Old saws to live by.

  •  I offered nothing to protect our country... (4+ / 0-)
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    dannyboy1, dewtx, mkoz, Lily O Lady

    I didn't join the military, I didn't pay a war tax. Whether the two wars of the last decade were right, or wrong (WRONG!), I did not sacrifice anything for our country.

    But the men and women who did join the military, they offered up to their lives. And we own them even more than we promised them. Am I safer due to their sacrifices? I don't know, but they were willing to give everything to protect me. We owe them. I owe them. This sucks.

    Roman Catholic by birth---thoroughly confused by life.

    by alasmoses on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 10:47:06 AM PST

  •  Cuts to Tricare and military pensions in WH plan.. (3+ / 0-)

    ...for a Grand Bargain remain and are "still on the table". Check out the President's 2013 budget plan on  

  •  Helloooooooooooooooooo? (2+ / 0-)
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    dannyboy1, Lily O Lady

    the F-35.

    a massive, grotesque FAILURE.

    cost thus far: over 1 TRILLION dollars.

    the jets are grounded now-- due to an engine problem.

    Note how the "democrats" don't talk about these insane, expensive programs... instead they're OK with furloughing personnel to save a few bucks.

    Weak, very weak.

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 04:17:35 PM PST

  •  Maybe we could make the contractors (1+ / 0-)
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    pay back all the money lost and stolen during that last war in Iraq

    Nah--what was I thinking--we should just end Tuition assistance instead.


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