Anonymous User wrote:With a good number of firms reducing/capping salaries and some considering layoffs, is there a possibility that the Army will rescind or cut down on the offers it made, in light of the economic downturn? I am terrified that my upcoming JAOBC class will be "lathamed."
I see Patrick Bateman has responded. Listen to him first.
I have no direct knowledge of what the Army intends to do, but I would be shocked if that happened.
For one, the military budget isn't currently in danger to my knowledge, and I don't see that changing before the next fiscal year at the earliest. Any budgetary impact to the Army will likely take awhile and unfold in different ways. The military usually controls the pipeline instead of just axing people, but reductions in force do occur. Even when things got tight in the Air Force, though, I don't recall them ever telling people not to show up to initial training. The RIFs (which really, really sucked) affected people in the 4-6 year range, if I recall (another poster here has a lot more information about those).
Again, if I recall correctly, the severe impacts of the 2008 downturn for the military took a few years to unfold. The Air Force even decided to speed things up, and it still took several years to really feel the pain (at least for the JAG Corps). Selection boards became more competitive, however, and I think that was predominantly from many more people applying.
I would feel a lot safer being employed by the military right now than being in the private sector.