Posted on Nov 7, 2013
SFC Charles S.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Most active duty soldiers don't care about the
retirees or the benefits, until it is too late and they become one themselves.
One Benefit that I have used a lot is the army.mil e-mail account. &nbsp;It is
a huge benefit because it's not a stupid gmail or aol account and it's
federally recognized so it can be used to verify and activate other accounts that most civilian
e-mails can't.</span><o:p></o:p></p>
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Personally, I look forward to retiring so that I never have to deal with AKO ever again. &nbsp;They can keep my .mil email address, its 1 GB storage, and its inability to synch with my iPhone.
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SFC Agr Tng Nco
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I don't think it does at all, now they have to think hard about the choices they make while serving so that the future is easier for them.
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SFC Charles S.
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Sir,
Yes, it's hard to use and not much storage. However once you have left the service and need to authenticate to join a service or an account, that .mil domain really comes in handy. It's like a token key to validate your military service. Non-Service members can't get one.
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Taking away benefits from retirees does affect the view of active duty. While I was in I followed what benefits were for retiree, and what they would be if I stayed in until retirement. Sadly after doing some calculations I felt that what I would receive for doing my 20 wasn't worth it. The average person regardless of occupation and education typically doesn't plan nor save enough for retirement which is part of many problems we face.<br>
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SFC Charles S.
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Cpl. Spoken like a true short timer. You got out… ok, fine… but to say that taking away benefits from retirees doesn't affect active duty... I say that the reduction in benefits is probably why you chose to get out instead of retire. The benefits had been reduced enough already which made you opt out of serving 20 because your reward for doing so were not enough to warrant staying in.
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Cpl Ray Fernandez
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SFC Staley I invite you to reread my post. My very first sentence states " Taking away benefits from retirees does affect the view of active duty." Then I followed up with my own personal experience. I think you may have misread or misinterpreted my response. My response was meant to show that what happens to retirees now affects how those who are on their first or second enlistment decide if they want to stay in to finish off their 20. I have friends who are considering leaving at 12 to 16 years of service right now because they don't believe they will receive a worthwhile pension. I can only talk about things from my point of view and from the period I served in.

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The AKO accounts are just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that troops and their families will be asked to sacrifice on pay and benefits to preserve readiness in an era of tighter budgets.</span><br><br><a href="http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/11/05/hagel-says-cuts-to-pay-and-benefits-are-needed.html">http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/11/05/hagel-says-cuts-to-pay-and-benefits-are-needed.html</a><div class="pta-link-card"><div class="pta-link-card-picture"><img src="http://images.military.com/media/news/people/csis-hagel-428x285-ts412.jpg"></div><div class="pta-link-card-content"><div class="pta-link-card-title"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/11/05/hagel-says-cuts-to-pay-and-benefits-are-needed.html"> Hagel Says Cuts to Pay and Benefits are Needed | Military.com</a></div><div class="pta-link-card-description">Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that troops and their families will be asked to sacrifice on pay and benefits to preserve readiness in an era of tighter budgets.
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"This may be the most difficult" to achieve among his six priorities, Hagel said of proposals to trim pay increases, overhaul TRICARE and review retirement benefits while adapting to cuts in personnel.
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