I’m all for efficiency but I’d like to know where the $125M number came from (since some Soldiers I know – who knows, maybe me – would lose their job come October 1 if this trend continues — oh, wait, no one told you that?).
I’m no genius but does anyone really think this is like building fewer jets or buying fewer wickets to bring down spending? The bulk of that $325M budget goes to Soldiers’ salaries and equipment; not concerts or trips across this great country performing for Americans so that they can feel connected to the men and women who have sworn to protect their way of life, and for them to feel good about their military and their country, since for probably 90% of the population, the only military member they’ll meet face-to-face is a military musician.
So…to cut $125M from a budget of $325M, which Soldiers are going to have their contracts ripped up and put in the unemployment line? This isn’t about “bands”; this is about jobs…and contracts: you know, that legal document that guarantees employment so long as the terms of the contract are met by both parties; it’s kind of an important thing in a civilized society…
…kinda feeling like Socrates here.