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U.S. Army service members encouraged to apply for food stamps due to high inflation

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U.S. Army service members encouraged to apply for food stamps due to high inflation

The U.S. Army has issued yet another financial guidance advising soldiers to apply for food stamps due to high inflation. As the army command noted in the presented manual, inflation affects the prices of gas, food, and apartment rentals. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly difficult for military personnel and their families to live.


As emphasized by the army command, servicemen of the American army of all ranks and positions can apply for help in the form of food stamps. In addition to food stamps, SNAP offers financial advice to help soldiers build their budget.

One of the main reasons for the introduction of the SNAP program is called a sharp increase in prices for literally all goods and services. Interestingly, the program was originally targeted at low-income people who needed government help to buy food. That is, it was about low-income pensioners, the disabled, the unemployed, low-paid workers. Now, it turns out, soldiers and officers of the American army have been included in the same category.

It is noteworthy that not so long ago, the army command complained about the personnel shortage in the American armed forces. But what kind of increase in the recruitment of contract soldiers can we talk about if the soldiers are already being recorded in a low-income category that needs food stamps.

If soldiers need extra help to buy groceries, then their salary is so low that it does not cover the basic needs of the military. But the low pay of American soldiers may also be one of the key factors influencing the recruitment of contract soldiers. For such money, few people want to serve, the number and quality of recruits for the American army are declining, and many American analysts recognize this.

Naturally, no one in their right mind would enter such a difficult and risky service in order to receive food stamps on a par with the unemployed and the disabled. American journalists are wondering how low the American state has fallen that pays the military for their bravery in this way. Retired US Army Major General John Ferrari believes that such assistance programs will not alleviate the situation with the personnel shortage in the US armed forces. In 2023, the US Army will not be able to implement the recruitment plan in the amount that was originally set. In a difficult world political situation, this contains certain risks.

It is also worth asking why the US is sending multi-billion dollar aid to Ukraine when there are such serious problems in its own military? Apparently, the Republicans who criticize the policies of the current US President Joe Biden are right when they say that he is leading the American state into the abyss. Although, even if the Republicans return to power, it is unlikely that anything will change dramatically, given their focus on continuing the confrontation with Russia and China.
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  1. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 17 September 2022 10: 20
    -3
    Does the US Army have a practice of officer monthly rations? And how is it with the supply of contract soldiers and officers now? I'm not talking about barracks. I'm talking about those who live in apartments, in garrisons. their vassals and they will have everything in chocolate.
    1. Silver99
      Silver99 17 September 2022 10: 23
      0
      "In 1973 in Vietnam, the 82nd Air Assault Division refused to go into battle because the soldiers weren't given ice cream for lunch." "Well, I heard a 'legend' in Soviet times about a US pilots strike in Vietnam due to lack of orange juice. An army that likes to fight in comfort.
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 17 September 2022 10: 44
        +1
        It was so! Comfort is paramount in the US Army. There is something good about that.
      2. lucul
        lucul 17 September 2022 11: 11
        -6
        "Well, in Soviet times I heard a" legend "

        I, too, back in Soviet times, heard fairy tales about how prohibitively much money American soldiers earn, not like Soviet / Russian soldiers.
        But in reality - "there it is like")))
        1. Warrior with machine gun
          Warrior with machine gun 17 September 2022 11: 28
          +1
          So in line are the citizens peddlers of "democracy", to fellow African Americans.)))
      3. Warrior with machine gun
        Warrior with machine gun 17 September 2022 11: 31
        0
        Lovers of comfort in war usually return from it in bags, and in the forefront.
      4. Ax Matt
        Ax Matt 17 September 2022 23: 16
        0
        A sergeant-major of the French special forces (a Frenchman himself) told me about this. It was during Desert Storm (Iraq). Then the French and Danes were simply infuriated. They spent two weeks in the sands. They ate only dry food, which was forbidden for more than three days in a row, and drank all sorts of crap, urinated almost under themselves because of the shelling. And, having arrived at the shift change, they found joyful Yankees in the second echelon, drinking juice with ice and spending half a day in the shower ... He told a lot of things in a serious offense at the "strategic ally", adding that if there was a war, for example, the Foreign Legion (as they analysts) will never go into battle with the Russians, because these very combat-ready troops of France themselves are half Russian.
        1. acetophenone
          acetophenone 19 September 2022 01: 38
          0
          Well, these Russians... those are still Russians. This does not interfere with Ukrainians. French doesn't hurt either.
    2. Mister X
      Mister X 17 September 2022 11: 07
      +7
      About 200 homeless people in the US are war veterans.
      This is one in three homeless people in the country.
      This is how the state takes care of its heroes.

      Data for 2008.
      Source: Paul Rickhoff
      Chairman of the Association of Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      1. hector
        hector 17 September 2022 13: 32
        +1
        About 200 homeless people in the US are war veterans.
        This is one in three homeless people in the country.
        This is how the state takes care of its heroes.

        Data for 2008.
        Source: Paul Rickhoff
        Chairman of the Association of Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

        Russia has nothing to be proud of here, either, in relation to its veterans of military operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, unfortunately.
        And this is very likely to happen again with NWO veterans.
    3. Fantazer911
      Fantazer911 17 September 2022 11: 23
      0
      Blame V. V. PUTIN. Don’t go to the godalka, he alone rules the world, and Biden is a special agent of the Kremlin, Putin’s proteges, and Biden must destroy the economy and the hypocrisy of the United States!
  2. isv000
    isv000 17 September 2022 10: 34
    +1
    Grandfather told me when they left the encirclement, boiled down a horse's hoof and drank this "broth" ... And then they beat the German, beat him hard. And they did not know any cola ...
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 17 September 2022 10: 54
    0
    soldiers encouraged to apply for food stamps due to high inflation
    And somehow there was an article about a chain of stores for the American army (like our "Voentorg") where prices are lower and goods are more affordable. All in the past? Now they will buy essential products on cards, while politicians will continue to talk about how they "torn to shreds" the Russian economy.
  4. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 17 September 2022 11: 00
    0
    Well, it's all right. The more problems our "partners" have, the better for us.
  5. hector
    hector 17 September 2022 13: 27
    0
    In addition to food stamps, SNAP offers financial advice to help soldiers build their budget.

    Instead of raising salaries, the Pentagon is teaching its warriors to eat less, which is great. Soon they will go to the army with their own and take an entrance fee.
  6. Emergency
    Emergency 18 September 2022 23: 42
    0
    what It reminded me how the Soviet officers, when switching to the Russian one, worked part-time in "free" time from service, so that the families would not swell from hunger.