Andrew Bacevich comes out against the Defense Business Board reform of military retirement in Sunday 21 August 2011 Washington-Post. Dr. Bacevich (COL, USA-RET) make a persuasive argument. I can’t argue with his analysis.
The great strength of his argument is his tying military service to a profession and not a vocation; a choice to serve vice a career.
There is going to be pressure to “change” the military retirement system. The pressure is primarily going to come from the left who wishes to protect the social safety net and the “tea party types” who want a radically reduction in the deficit.
A week ago I challenged our readers to think about this issue. A visceral reaction to the proposals will not suffice and rather than help will hurt any counter to the Defense Budget Board report. Any argument made which repeats “we have always done it this way, why change,” will find little resonance among our politicians.
More to follow.