Somebody declared the war is over.

No Ticker Tape Parade for Iraq War Troops – Per Obama Administration

Officials in New York and Washington say they would be happy to help stage a big celebration, but Pentagon officials say they haven’t been asked to plan one.

Instead Barry would like a walk down Broadway with his leftist supporters at his back and cheering Union workers on the sidewalk. He doesn’t want ticker tape, he wants live stock brokers and investment bankers thrown out the windows as he goes by.

Forced terminations with no pensions or benefits is no way to reward airmen after years of faithful service.

This holiday season, the Air Force has “separated” (that is, fired) 157 officers on the eve of their retirement, including pilots flying dangerous missions, to avoid paying their pensions. According to Department of Defense Instructions, those within six years of their 20-year retirement (with no disciplinary blemishes on their record) have the option to remain in service. Nevertheless, the Air Force is committing terminations of airmen a few years away from retirement en masse, citing budget constraints.

A law that pro-rated the service-members pensions so that being released early would not result in no retirement benefits at all expired in 2001. At the very least, this law should be re-instated.

From the comments: Note that these are OFFICERS not all PILOTS.
Note that they have ALL been submitted for promotion twice and have not made the grade.
Note that they have further been submitted for retention to retirement and were NOT selected.
Three separate reviews by their own commanders and three different senior officer boards.
Note that regardless of commissioning source(USAFA, ROTC, OTS), there were NEVER guarantees of a retirement when you were a Lt nor as a Major. Lt Col would get you there.
But all of us KNEW it was up or out. Make promotion or make other plans.

… They HAVE to have seen this coming and if they DID NOT, they are not good officers and are not paying attention to their own careers and God only knows what else.   This guy makes a good point, but I still feel that there is fairness in pro-rated military pensions.

 

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About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. New girlfriend at sixty-five. Tea Party supporter. Today a follower of the God-Emperor Donald. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read.
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