How Much Is Enough?
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL STRATEGIC STUDIES QUARTERLY
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Recent debates in the United States have pitted the fiscal imperative of rationalizing the budget against the social narrative that society has an obligation to take care of its service members and veterans. This civil-military disconnect is a result of the structural necessity in so-called liberal market economies LME to focus significant portions of their military compensation on benefits, in addition to pay. These benefits for example, health care, childcare, education, and retirement are not broadly provided to all citizens in LMEs and constitute attractive recruiting incentives. However, it is difficult to control their costs and difficult to limit or remove them once implemented. Thus, the United States is caught in a benefits trap with challenging civil-military and policy implications.
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