– Defense cuts spark worries about troops’ careers, pay

Looming budget cuts not only are stoking anxiety among troops but also fundamentally changing how they think about the military, the services’ top enlisted leaders told House lawmakers Wednesday.

“Thirty years ago, if you were a good airman and worked hard, you could serve for 20 years. I’m not sure you can say the same today,” said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody, who added that budget uncertainty “is curtailing the ability to serve.” (…)