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Editorial: Don’t cut miliary pay boost in 2014

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opinion Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Editorial: Don’t cut miliary pay boost in 2014
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The Pentagon is proposing only a 1 percent salary increase in 2014 for the troops of the United States.

This proposed increase would be the lowest increase since 1963, more than 50 years.


This was a tough decision for the Pentagon, which has to balance the nation’s military needs with the budget needs of the nation.

That is not an easy task.

However, asking the nation’s troops to make another sacrifice of lower pay increases in 2014 after all their sacrifices over the past decade seems rather inappropriate.

According to press reports, the Pentagon official said the pay sacrifice in 2014 was necessary to ensure the proper training and support of all military.

The Pentagon report said the lower pay increase would save about about $540 million. The Pentagon also is seeking to raise or establish a health care fee for military retirees and their dependents.

Asking the military troops and their families to make further sacrifices in 2014 seems to be ill-advised. Shorting our troops and their families will hurt our national readiness as the troops already sacrifice enough.

Congress and the Obama administration should get their act together and fix the sequester quagmire.