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Submitted: 11/13/2012
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#2 - anonymous (11/14/2012) [+] (2 replies)
remove all military funding, put thousands upon thousands out of work
#5 to #2 - thepenname (11/14/2012) [-]
"According to Wikipedia, there are 1,477,896 active and 1,458,500 reserve personal in the US Armed Forces [1]. This includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard."

Round it up and you have 3-million total. With over 300-million Americans, if we cut all funding from the US Armed Forces (though we wouldn't even if we had no intention of foreign military activity -- we still need some number of personnel for defense and safety, such as in natural disasters), that'd add up to slightly less than 1% to our unemployment rate, which is no small number considering how many people that would actually affect. Remember, one person unemployed could also affect an entire family if that one person is the sole provider. Anyway, I do ultimately think America and the world as a whole should strive for demilitarization. However, you're right that in the short-term, it'd just mean putting millions of people out of work. I suppose whatever institutions we redirect our funding toward would thus create more jobs, but would that benefit the soldiers whose training was hinged on their former field? I 'unno for sure. I'm pretty sure most military personnel aren't simple grunts and have credentials that could help them find work elsewhere. Even for infantry, the government would pay for them to go to school so then they could get training to enter into a new field. It'd be an enormous change, but hey, it doesn't have to be sudden anyway. Gradually decrease military spending.
#4 - anonymous (11/14/2012) [-]
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