Obama Admin. Terminates 157 Air Force Majors Without Retirement Benefits

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Obama never misses an opportunity to stick it to our military men and women.

These are not “entitlement programs” – they are EARNED BENEFITS, and those who make sacrifices to defend our nation deserve to keep everything they have worked so hard for.

But the Left would rather blow Americans’ hard-earned tax money on shrimp treadmills and Jello wrestling than honor their constitutional obligations and give our military their due.

Thomas Lifson opines at American Thinker:

One of the best ways to destroy American military capabilities would be to convince career military personnel — both officers and enlisted — that their commitment to service will not be rewarded with the retirement benefits they have earned by their faithful obedience to orders, no matter the personal cost or risks they endure. The Obama administration seems to be ready to destroy the belief that service will be rewarded as faithfully as duty was performed, one step at a time.

The latest step in that direction is the announcement that 157 Air Force majors will be terminated prior to retirement, without the opportunity to complete the 20 full years of service necessary to qualify for retirement pay. Caroline May of the Daily Caller writes:

The Chapman University of Military Law and its associated AMVETS Legal Clinic are blowing the whistle on what they say is an injustice set to be perpetrated on 157 Air Force majors on the last day of November.

“The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits,” explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda.

The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained and allowed to retire on time with benefits, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as disciplinary issues.

According to lawyers at Chapman and the AMVETS Legal Clinic, the Air Force has deviated from the six-year protection “without any legal authority.”

The bond of trust between service members and the nation they serve, once broken, is difficult to rebuild. A nation unable to convince its young men and women to devote their careers to military service is left vulnerable to foreign military threat. Is that what we really want for America?

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5 Responses to “Obama Admin. Terminates 157 Air Force Majors Without Retirement Benefits”

  • […] Perhaps he’s hoping they’ll forget that he suspended hazard pay for deployed U.S. troops, terminated 157 Air Force Majors without retirement benefits, and proposed a budget that would cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military […]

  • […] Perhaps he’s hoping they’ll forget that he suspended hazard pay for deployed U.S. troops, terminated 157 Air Force Majors without retirement benefits, and proposed a budget that would cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military […]

  • Tom Overeynmder says:

    It makes me want to puke that obama made Memorial Day at the Wall all about him. It’s all about votes, he makes me sick. I am a proud Vietnam vet who does not believe him…..

  • ELC3 says:

    If you don’t “make the grade” twice in a row, I would also question whether you are a military asset worth retaining. Military promotion boards aren’t that difficult to pass.

  • Ken Jones says:

    This looks to me like a RIF, or Reduction In Force. I’ve been retired from the USAF since 1978, and I don’t know if the regulations have changed since then, but normally if a commissioned officer is told that he or she is no longer needed in a commissioned status, he or she then can either accept a lump sum payout and leave the service, or he or she can assume an NCO grade….usually E-5 or above….in order to finish a 20 year career, and if he or she has 10 or more years of commissioned status, he or she can retire in the highest grade held while on active duty.

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