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The Obama administration recently came under criticism for sending pink slips to 1,200 Army captains, including 48 who were on the front lines in Afghanistan. Now they are at it again.
About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service….
The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.
“The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” [Gen. John] Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.”
Campbell said it’s difficult to avoid cutting deployed soldiers because of the timing schedules…
Those who are cut have nine months to leave the Army. And the soldiers who are deployed, including those in Afghanistan, will generally have about a month to move out of that job and go home to begin to transition out of the service.
The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.
This is no way to treat the brave young men and women who have risked their lives to defend our country. And it is strategically insane to push out these battle-hardened officers, whose skills cannot be replaced once they are lost. It is easy to replace a weapons system. But you cannot replace combat experience. In the private sector, businesses go to great lengths to retain talent and experience. When it comes to our military, the Obama administration pushes both out the door.
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