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Defense budget implosion (VII): Kiss those retirement bennies goodbye?

Check out this Pentagon briefing on how military retirees are overpaid and overbenefitted. Now do you believe me? Says an Army friend, "I think any changes made to the military retirement system should be made, measure for measure, to the House and Senate retirement plans. It might be a symbolic gesture, but it would probably ...

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Check out this Pentagon briefing on how military retirees are overpaid and overbenefitted. Now do you believe me?

Says an Army friend, "I think any changes made to the military retirement system should be made, measure for measure, to the House and Senate retirement plans. It might be a symbolic gesture, but it would probably be enough to keep me from breaking out the torch and pitchfork." I like that idea.

Check out this Pentagon briefing on how military retirees are overpaid and overbenefitted. Now do you believe me?

Says an Army friend, "I think any changes made to the military retirement system should be made, measure for measure, to the House and Senate retirement plans. It might be a symbolic gesture, but it would probably be enough to keep me from breaking out the torch and pitchfork." I like that idea.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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