Video: How Uncle Sam Will Tell the Troops they Aren’t Worth What America is Paying Them, as Imagined by Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

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The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is warning that new proposals to cut military retirement and health benefits will severely undermine the primary incentives for career service. Can you imagine how Uncle Sam will tell our troops their sacrifices aren’t worth what they’re paid? MOAA did in our video "Dear Soldier," and we hope you will pass this along.

“The military benefit deal is available to any who meet the entry standards and pay the necessary up-front premium of decades of service and sacrifice,” Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr., MOAA President said. “Only 1 percent of our population is willing.”

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) warns that new proposals to cut military retirement and healthcare benefits will severely undermine the primary incentives for career service.
MOAA is often asked why anyone would work for an employer that repeatedly deployed them to combat zones, separated them from their families, moved them around the country every few years, and denied many basic freedoms (such as the right to quit at will) other Americans take for granted?

Career military professionals endure extraordinary sacrifices for decades on end under conditions few Americans will accept for one tour of duty.

“Aside from patriotism and a desire to serve something greater than themselves, they persevere because they’re promised their decades of sacrifice will be rewarded with a military retirement and healthcare package beyond that available to civilians,” MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said.

Military Officers Association for America (MOAA) imagined how Uncle Sam would tell our troops their sacrifices are not worth what they are paid in a video. They hope it will be viewed and forwarded by those who support the all-volunteer force.

“Our troops are worth it,” Vice Adm. Ryan said. “They are our only weapon system that has never failed.”

Ryan said that the military is America’s most respected institution and the all-volunteer career force has succeeded through 40 years of hot and cold wars.

“Previous Congresses understood career uniformed service demands special retirement and healthcare incentives beyond those of civilians who don’t pre-pay huge premiums of service and sacrifice,” Ryan continued. “Past scrimping on these core career incentives hurt retention and readiness in the 1970s and 1990s. Fixing those problems proved even more expensive.”

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