Let’s see, other than slashing its budget during multiple wars, securing defeat in Afghanistan, and turning the military into a social engineering laboratory for the benefit of politically privileged perverts, what else could the Obama Regime do to destroy the morale of the Armed Forces? How about pull the rug out from under officers just before retirement?
The Chapman University of Military Law and its associated AMVETS Legal Clinic are blowing the whistle on what they say is an injustice set to be perpetrated on 157 Air Force majors on the last day of November.
“The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits,” explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda.
The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained and allowed to retire on time with benefits, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as disciplinary issues.
According to lawyers at Chapman and the AMVETS Legal Clinic, the Air Force has deviated from the six-year protection “without any legal authority.”
“At the heart of the matter, is whether the Secretary of the Air Force [Michael Donley] can ignore protections that exist in governing regulations,” Rotunda told The Daily Caller. “The Air Force position is that yes, he may. Our position is that nobody is above the law.”
Nobody except the minions of Comrade Obama, who established his contempt for rule of law when he shafted secured creditors on behalf of his union cronies during the Chrysler nationalization.
As Thomas Lifson notes,
One of the best ways to destroy American military capabilities would be to convince career military personnel — both officers and enlisted — that their commitment to service will not be rewarded with the retirement benefits they have earned by their faithful obedience to orders, no matter the personal cost or risks they endure. … The bond of trust between service members and the nation they serve, once broken, is difficult to rebuild. A nation unable to convince its young men and women to devote their careers to military service is left vulnerable to foreign military threat.
But even after Obama has reduced military service to a second-rate career, losers will take the job. At least they may soon have the benefit of legal if not constitutional authority to incarcerate American citizens in their own country without trial.
We’re used to our military consisting of Class A Americans who fight our enemies overseas to defend our liberty. If Obama succeeds with his promised fundamental transformation, it will consist of Class D Americans who fight us at home to squash the last remnants of liberty.
On tips from TED and Stormfax.