The biggest and most disruptive layoffs in America are coming from the military

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In the next few weeks, the Army is expected to announce 40,000 troop cuts to comply with Congressional budget mandates, along with many thousands more pink slips for civilian support staff. At Fort Drum, estimates suggest that 16,000 of 19,000 could leave the base, as a worst-case outcome. Counting spouses and kids, about 40,000 people — a third of the county’s population — would vanish, unless they found other employment nearby.

“We’re on pins and needles,” McLaughlin says. “To not create a Detroit-like scenario, we cannot lose soldiers. We’ll feel every soldier we lose.”

That feeling is manifest at the nation’s 30 largest military installations— all of which are steeling themselves for an economic punch in the gut, as the Defense Department works through its biggest drawdown since the aftermath of the Cold War.

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1 thought on “The biggest and most disruptive layoffs in America are coming from the military”

  1. If they do not appreciate your service to the country then by all means go get a civilian type job elsewhere. Don’t look back. Don’t come back. Let them risk their lives for their country. That of course is not going to happen.
    These people laying off service people are the lowest of the low. To add insult to injury they pay themselves way out of proportion to what they do. Most of them have law degrees. So they think they are better than you and me.
    There will come a time when we need every trained military person we have. But these people doing this by budget cutting into critically needed people? These are the same idiots allowing illegal immigrants without filters into the country. No matter what kind of record they have where they came from. Bypass the protections we pay for in our people guarding this country.
    Someday soon, it will all come back to haunt them big time.

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