According to Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett, who spoke recently before the Senate Armed Services committee, Marines, unlike other members of the armed services are not worried about how a shrinking budget will effect their's and their families' livelihoods.
“Marines don’t run around asking about compensation, retirement modernization,” he said. “That’s not on their mind. As I talk to thousands of audiences, they want to know into whose neck do we put a boot next."
Instead of worrying if military budget cuts would impact their ability to put food on the table and clothing on their children's backs, Marines really want to know if they're still going to get the guns they use in Halo.
“They want to know about what new equipment are we getting, are we continuing to modernize. Just because the budget sucks, does that mean we’re not going to get our new gear?”
Many members of the military and Congress disagree with Barrett who argue that changes in pay would hurt both livelihoods and company moral. But they're just pussies.
“They don’t want an easy life,” Barrett said. “They want to be tougher people. They want the pride of belonging, being something bigger than themselves.”