The current plan is highly inflexible and especially poorly suited for periods of significant change (e.g., when downsizing the force)
–It will be very difficult to release personnel with 15 or more years of service, yet these age groups are a likely target for downsizing
–As a result, DoD will likely require special pay to ease transitioning out of the military (as was done in the 1990s), therefore, increasing costs
The DBB proposed making an immediate change to all in the service rather than grandfathering in any group of military personnel to aid the coming reduction in force. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Here’s a consolation prize for your effort.
The constant comparison to “average civilians” is a ruse: what average civilian routinely leaves his family home alone for months, years? What average civilian dodges bullets or IEDs on the way to work? What average civilian specializes in blowing down doors to find a cache of bad guys behind it?
Further, the DBB points to the “unfairness” within the military system: 83% of those who serve will never receive retirement without noting that they receive other benefits upon separation: GI Bill. Or that there’s no differentiation between “high risk” and “low risk” retirement: soldiers receive those benefits while they’re paid, not during retirement (e.g. hazardous duty pay, family separation pay, etc).
If government needs to save money, then change the system. That’s fine. But not for soldiers who have borne the brunt of the past decade of war. Change it for those coming in. Change it for those with less than ten years of service. Change it. That’s fine. But don’t screw the devoted group of men and women who have fought and bled for the past decade while screaming it’s all about “fairness.”