March 24, 1985
Lester C. Thurow ("Military Pension System Should Be Replaced By Severance Pay, Bonuses," Viewpoint, Feb. 17), treats a very long-standing, complicated problem as would a self-appointed expert. What he suggests is unrealistic or already in effect. His solution is first, to have fighting and non-fighting specialties, second, early retirement only at the option of the armed services and third, if a person is asked to leave the services then give them severance pay. I am speaking as a retired Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Navy, 25 years service, with 17 of them at sea. On sea duty my normal day was 14 to 16 hours.