Hopefully you’re busy enjoying the New Year with all of your family home and safe. If you’re one of the many who still have loved ones overseas this holiday, we’re praying for their safe return home in 2014.
With the beginning of this new year, we’re also hoping and praying for a few more things as well. In no particular order, here’s what we hope to see in 2014:
- A safe return home for all of our troops. We know that 2014 won’t end with every single soldier home safe with their families, but that won’t stop us from hoping and praying that it happens.
- Better personal safety equipment for our troops. The military has some amazingly smart people working on better uniforms, vests, helmets, and other protective equipment. In 2014 we’d like to see now of it in use protecting our loved ones.
- Less politics effecting the military. In the past year we saw two government shutdowns, sequestration, a troop draw down with an overall schedule that keeps getting shorter, and cuts to a slew of military programs that could effect maintenance, safety, and overall mission readiness for our military. Congress needs to do better than this.
- More than a 1% pay raise. The 2014 military and civilian technician pay raise is only 1%. While this is a great improvement for civilian technicians who support the military (including National Guard dual-status technicians) who didn’t get any raise for the three years prior, this is a huge setback for members of the military, who had been averaging 1.8% per year the past three years. While it’s understandable that we don’t have the 3% raises from the Bush years (the economy has been tight all around) we should expect more from our current ‘recovering’ economy than 1%, and there is no excuse for technicians having to wait four years to get any raise at all.
So what are your hopes for 2014? Share them below and we’ll see how many we can pull off by the end of the year.