Regardless of how poorly used they've been in the past decade, our troops are still the best trained and skilled armed forces in the world. Looks like that won't be the case much longer. Our pal Comrade Misfit explains:
No more "do your 20 and retire". The Feds will pay into a 401(K) and then when a service member leaves, they have to wait until they are 62 to collect.
Which means that after getting shot at for X number of years and then leaving, good luck to you. Maybe your 401(K) won't be wiped out in the markets.
You're gonna lose a lot of senior enlisted because of this (it'd probably be a good thing to lose a good portion of the senior