The Army Times reports that a raise for the troops is deemed "unnecessary".
"Bush budget officials said the administration “strongly opposes” both the 3.5 percent raise for 2008 and the follow-on increases, calling extra pay increases “unnecessary.”
“When combined with the overall military benefit package, the president’s proposal provides a good quality of life for service members and their families,” the policy statement says."
Because a cost of living increase is just not the way to support the troops. Good god people, there are yellow magnetic ribbons for that. So how much do the Blackwater mercenaries make?