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Another Side Effect of the unregulated Army, bigger bonuses for the best
As this conflict continues to spin out of control financially, found this interesting article from AP on Watimes... what they found is that Blackwater was paying so well, and to keep the Seals and Green Berets their respective branches had to pay them up to 150K to stay.. have no problem with them getting the money they deserve, but the way this comes about by creating a parallel unregulated army who gets paid big bucks and no rules, raises concerns that we just keep spending mo money, mo money...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has paid more than $100 million in bonuses to veteran Green Berets and Navy SEALs, reversing the flow of top commandos to the corporate world where security companies such as Blackwater USA are offering big salaries.
The retention effort, started nearly three years ago and overseen by U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., has helped preserve a small but elite group of enlisted troops with vast experience fighting the unconventional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Defense Department statistics.
Overall, more than 1,200 of the military's most specialized personnel near or already eligible for retirement have opted for payments of up to $150,000 in return for staying in uniform several more years.
The numbers gathered by The Associated Press and other Pentagon research indicate there has not been an extended exodus of commandos to private security companies and other businesses that value their talents.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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