Soldiers and their families on Army posts around the country could see cutbacks in trash pickup, lawn-mowing and other services as the military tries to hold down non-war spending while escalating the fight in Afghanistan.
Even as total defense spending rises, the portion of the Army budget dedicated to running its posts is down 20% this year, according to figures provided to the Associated Press by an Army official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about them.
The budgets for individual posts are not yet final. The proposed cuts vary in size and run as deep as 40% at some major installations, including Fort Campbell, according to the figures.
Fort Campbell, the home of the 101st Airborne Division, is considering eliminating lawn-mowing and janitorial services and shortening hours at recreation centers, Fort Campbell spokeswoman Kelly Tyler said. But that may not be enough, she said.
Some members of the military are worried money will be pulled from programs that help spouses and children cope with soldiers' repeated tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trillions in deficits, and we're going to have military families live in squalor?
If you work full time, or fight for this country, this administration has no use for you.