After months of dismissing Congressional concerns, Pentagon leaders recently released advice to troops on how to deal with inflation eating away at their paychecks. Army leaders have suggested soldiers and their families consider using food stamps or speaking with a financial advisor provided by the military.
What they need is more money. The Department of Defense’s off-the-cuff response to inflation will result in a real and cumulative pay cut for the military. This will not ease the military recruiting crisis. The armed forces are at risk of missing their recruiting targets again next year, and therefore contracting at a time of heightened global risks.