It won’t happen like they claim no matter who is in the White House in January. Here is why.
The US economy has already tanked. If we were to bring home all of those troops, what would they do here? Many would stay in the military, but many will leave the armed forces and return to civilian life, but doing what?
The enlisted solider could be currently making as little as $2,000 to $2,500 a month depending on grade and years of service. That is $24,000 to $30,000 a year. (The lowest grade with less than 4 months service average salary is $30,810). In a down economy trying to find a job making that kind of money will be very challenging. Then of course we can’t forget the fact that Uncle Sam takes a bunch of money from civilians in the form of taxes too!
What about those reserve forces that are guaranteed a job when they return home? Well, depending on the industry or company they either may be laid-off or they will get their job back and someone else will be let go. Either way, someone looses their job.
Do I want our troops home? Absolutely, we should be securing our homeland first and then worry about the other countries. Unfortunately, I do not believe any of the top candidates for President will bring our troops home like they claim without causing a bigger mess. Remember, once the next President is elected, he or she will begin working toward their reelection.