I would have to agree. The DOD employs over 800,000 civilians which amounts to one civilian for every two service members (of all branches). That number is considerably greater that any other federal department. Since the big topic in the news is slashing the DOD's budget, it makes a lot of sense to trim that number down by a few hundred thousand. Especially for positions that were created to give a former Officer/NCO a job when they retire.
For instance, there are many Commanding Generals with Deputy Commanders that aren't Army Officers at all, they're DA civilians. This has always puzzled me since AR 600-20 requires a Commander to be a uniform Officer. When that CG is gone, who is in charge? AR 600-20 prohibits that civilian from holding a Command position. Perhaps someone could shed some light on this?