According to the Army Times
In recent months, President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress have missed no opportunity to heap richly deserved praise on the military. But talk is cheap — and getting cheaper by the day, judging from the nickel-and-dime treatment the troops are getting lately.
The chintz even extends to basic pay. While Bush’s proposed 2004 defense budget would continue higher targeted raises for some ranks, he also proposed capping raises for E-1s, E-2s and O-1s at 2 percent, well below the average raise of 4.1 percent.
But Bush’s tax cuts have left little elbow room in the 2004 federal budget that is taking shape, and the squeeze is on across the board.
Ahem. Looks like President Codpiece got some 'splainin to do to the grunts. E-1s and E-2s are the lowest level enlisted (e.g. Privates - Army) , and O-1 (Second Looeys) the lowest level officers. Just the folks you don't want to piss off as you're trying to keep trained folk in our volunteer military.
Thanks to the mighty ODUB for the pointer
Update: Looks like someone told it to the Marines too.