According to a Fox News story, the Army is providing financial guidance for soldiers and their families through the Army Financial Readiness Program.
"With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent,” a sergeant major states in the announcement, “some Soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before.”
In a related article at the website Center Square, an analyst said the Pentagon’s own figures show 24% of enlisted personnel are labeled “food insecure” due to low pay.
That daily difficulty has only been worsened by paycheck-destroying inflation that has set records not seen since the 1980s. Even though the Commander and Chief is outright lying about year-over-year inflation, both civilians and soldiers have watched grocery prices skyrocket for basics like milk, eggs, and meat.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says the public already believes the Pentagon doesn’t care about the men and women in uniform. So urging soldiers to sign up for SNAP, she says, is just another example of that.
“Look at the priorities of the administration,” she tells AFN. “They are asking for billions more – in addition to all the billions that have already gone to Ukraine – to protect their border, to take on the Russian forces by proxy."
Back in June, Military Times reported the Pentagon and Congress were discussing a 4.6% pay raise, the largest since 2003. The story acknowledged that pay increase would get swallowed up by inflation that is literally twice that amount, and it is unclear if Congress will increase the amount due to inflation.
A 'significant gap' in bullets and bombs
On the issue of the U.S. sending our military's weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, national security expert Bob Maginnis says that decision is more troubling than it seems. That's because, he says, it takes years for a factory to produce the munitions demanded by a Pentagon contract.
"So you end up," he says, "with a significant gap in your overall capability."
A lack of munitions is a terrible problem to imagine, he adds, when the U.S. is facing possible conflicts with China and Russia.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Bob Maginnis.