I have the highest respect for my fellow services, but remember this. You can fly over a piece of ground all the live long day. You can bomb that piece of ground until your heart is content, but you will never control that piece of ground until you put boots on that ground, and that means the Army, and the Marines.
Actually, it is the pork politicians that won or lost. Military just provides the budget for their reelection. It would be interesting to see what was presented by the DOD planners and what was included in the proposed budget that will most certainly be revised. The people with the biggest club wins.
Sigh, I hope we are not going back to the 90's with the budgets again. I was only a LCpl at the time, so take this as a junior Marine memory. I maybe remembering it wrong. I remember being told that I could not qualify on the rifle one year. They did not have enough money in the budget to buy ammunition for training of non-combat arms MOS's. Or at least that is what we were told.
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