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Art Imitating Life: The U.S. Military is Catching Fire

 

The recent cuts to veteran pensions, military pay, and personnel reduction initiatives (due to sequestration), have sparked an unexpected movement in the American armed forces. This chain of events has been marked as: The Air Force Hunger Games. Some also like to call it, The Air Force retention games. After the announcement of these reduction force programs, the AF/Hunger Games meme’s came out of left field. This may seem like a joke, but people are very serious about the current state of affairs in the military. Thus the term: U.S. military Catching Fire. Let this be a testament of art imitating life. We can always find a way to connect the two. But why the comparison to The Hunger Games?

  • Members want to fight against a flawed system.
  • Members  demand their voices be heard.
  • Those forced out under these new programs could be left scrambling just to survive.

This is a perfect example of art imitating life. Thousands of lives hang in the balance because the government does not know how to manage their money. The Military defense needs to clean up a 20 billion dollar deficit, and they  have solved this deficit problem by gathering as many airmen as they can and forcing them to separate involuntarily. Thus disrupting livelihoods, and much like the 12 districts in the Hunger Games films, leaving many lives to hang in the balance.

The Hunger Games as a whole enforces the idea of rebellion, and revolution. While that is against Military law, young officers and enlisted have gravitated toward THG series for what it represents. They have shown their resistance in other ways and rightfully so. As a whole, the men and women who volunteered to lay down their lives for this country on a daily basis deserve better.

As a whole, the programs set in place guarantee, no matter how many years they have served in the Military, you have 70% chance of being jobless. A small percentage of those separated may separate with some incentives intact. Others will leave involuntarily with nothing. This is why the phrase, “May the odds be ever in your favor,” resonates loudly throughout the services. Military and Veterans alike are rightfully angry and they are definitely speaking their minds about the issue.

As a member of the Air Force for the last 6 years, let me be the first to say individuals that serve in the armed forces are not rich. We simply do not make as much money as people think we do. Much like those living in the districts in the Hunger Games saga, many are just struggling to get by.

These are pictures that were found on the internet to let the reader know just how serious this THG/Military connection is:

This an Air Force coin. All the services have their own versions. Coins are used to commemorate acts of service or valor and are normally presented by a higher authority. At the top is are pictures of what a typical Air Force coin looks like. Someone has made their own Hunger Games coin. You know its serious when there are meme’s!

The Air Force Emblem, in the place of the MockingJay.
The Air Force Emblem, in the place of the MockingJay.

In this article, I discuss a small piece of a very large and on-going issue. This will be a challenging time for all military members of the armed services. I encourage everyone, to research more and discover more for themselves. if you have questions. If you want more information about the Air Force personnel reduction programs, please click HERE.

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