Republicans Buy More Toys, Democrats Support The Boys
That was the only political statement I heard in my eight years in the military. I heard it from a senior NCO after Nixon did something, I think it was cut our proficiency pay.
I looked back at the time, and have been tracking it ever since, and it is a clear pattern. Under the Republicans the military budget is designed to help defense contractors, while the real benefits increases come from the Democrats.
As this Army Times article
from the Bad Tux show, that trend continues.
We have all of this new, unproven hardware in the pipeline and based on the design specifications, not actual performance, proven systems are being retired. They are cutting people to pay for this at a time when we are short-handed.