Reservists a bargain
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013, 8:58 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Last month, the Reserve Forces Policy Board issued a report to the secretary of Defense on the cost of military personnel. It's the first official report from a Defense entity that makes it clear that the cost of a National Guard/Reserve member is much less than that of an active-component member.
The report shows that in fiscal year 2013, the annual cost to the federal government for a reserve-component member is $123,351, while the cost of an active-component member is $384,622.
I highlight this because as part of the president's 2013 Defense budget, the Air Force proposes to reduce the size and capability of its most efficient and cost-effective forces — the reserve component. More specifically, it plans to close the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift Wing based in Pittsburgh this year.
Gov. Corbett and I support a 2013 budget that honors national security yet promotes fiscal responsibility. But based on the Defense Department's own report, it would make the most sense to take a small cut in the active component in order to maintain or expand Defense capabilities by shifting forces to the reserve component. It's a 3-to-1 cost savings that the Air Force must seriously consider.
Maj. Gen. Wesley
Fort Indiantown Gap
The writer is the adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard.There are currently no comments for this story.
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