This is getting to be a broken record. Every year, despite repeated claims that the military is "broken", the military meets its recruitment goals.
All branches of the Armed Forces met or exceeded their recruitment goals for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, and the Army expects to accelerate its expansion in the next two years, top brass at the Pentagon announced Wednesday.
The long term goal is to expand the military, particularly the Army and Marine Corps, and toward that end the Pentagon has done something smart.
In addition to a standard fare of bonus and assignment extension incentives that have been updated throughout the year to support the war effort and help grow the force by an additional 35,000 soldiers, some new programs likely will be added in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
One initiative, called warrior pay, would establish a new kind of compensation for soldiers who serve repetitive deployments in a combat zone.
Similar to the sea pay available to sailors, Marines and Army mariners, warrior pay would recognize the cumulative time a soldier spends deployed over the course of a career.
Army officials do not know what the specific pay levels will be, but 2008 budget legislation now before Congress would authorize up to $1,500 per month....
Well, that's long over due. The guys in combat zones deserve some big bucks. Not that that's why they joined, but they deserve it. Hoo-ah & Semper Fi!