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07-08-2011, 05:48 PM
Navy to Cut Jobs Amid Recession-Driven Sailor Surplus


With more sailors staying in the military amid a slumping economic recovery, the U.S. Navy is taking the unprecedented step of firing low-ranking petty officers to help rein in spending.

The Navy plans to let go of 3,000 young sailors after economic uncertainty put the service in the unusual position of having a manpower surplus.

The move comes as a new government report shows that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent -- marking 29 straight months that number has been over 8 percent and a record streak since the Great Depression.

In August, the Navy will convene a board to review the cases of 16,000 sailors and eliminate 3,000 positions, about 1 percent of the force.

It's a complete reversal for the military, which just four years ago at the height of the fighting in Iraq, had a hard time meeting its recruiting goals. At the time there was talk of the Army being spread so thin it would not have enough fighters to conduct its wars.

The Air Force retention rates are also up to a 6-year high, causing it to convene a similar reduction-in -force board. The Air Force will review the records of more than 9,000 officers, mostly majors, and roughly 400 are expected to be let go.

Fox News military analyst and retired Maj. Gen. Bob Scales, says it all boils down to pressure on Washington to save money and simple arithmetic.

"What we're seeing in the Navy is just the tip of iceberg for all the services," Scales said. "The Air Force and the Navy have gone down in strength over the last few years and as the troops return from Afghanistan and Iraq and as pressure mounts on the defense budget, we're going to see similar consequences for the ground services."

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced in January that as the wars come to a close in 2015 the Pentagon has plans to cut active-duty soldiers by 27,000 and reduce the Marine Corps by roughly 15,000.

In October, the Army will begin cutting its ranks by 22,000 -- and that means even more job seekers in a market with fewer and fewer good jobs.

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07-10-2011, 04:42 AM

Our military is far too big, and the costs of maintaining that bloated military are extraordinary.

Even small cuts are a step in the right direction.

It's not like the Navy does much these days but float around while the Army and Marines do the fighting. Occasionally they act as a "meals on wheels" when a disaster strikes somewhere- but for the most part, our naval expenditures are just a waste. We sure as Hell don't need 10+ aircraft carriers (along with their associated support ships).

07-10-2011, 05:30 AM
I've heard that some pretty nasty stuff goes on out there in Navy ships....tsk.

07-10-2011, 06:56 AM
Try going on a submarine with someone who has bad gas, like Walter...

07-10-2011, 07:12 AM
I'd rather see them fire the contractors who supply services, and replace them with people in the military.