The military is good for the economy

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Schofield Army Base in Hawaii.

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The U.S. Army has decided to use the island of Oahu (where I reside) as a training base for jungle and maritime warfare. They feel that the next war will start in the Pacific-Asia region. Hence, we expect to see many more soldiers in our midst.

No matter how you feel about the military, it is good for the economy.

When David and I dine in restaurants near Pearl Harbor, Ft. Shafter, and Hickam Air Force Base, we see a lot of service personnel dining together, all dressed in their military uniforms. It makes me happy to see them enjoying the food at these establishments. It’s good for them and good for business.

Yes, the military brings much needed revenue to Hawaii.

My father was a tailor for the Marine Corps at Camp Smith on Oahu. He was the sole proprietor of his tailor shop. But, during the last ten years of his employment, the military stepped in and made him an employee of the federal government. He was rather relieved when this happened, because it was less stressful for him. I remember helping my father by making medals and ribbons to decorate officers and heroes. With the aid of small implements, these medals and ribbons weren’t difficult to make, and it was fun doing this as a teenager.

In more ways than one, we simply cannot survive without the military, can we?

18 Responses to “The military is good for the economy”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. There are more than 42,000 active duty military in Hawaii. These people buy so much in our local economy. There is also so much civilian employment at the military bases. Tourism is the largest industry in Hawaii. I believe the military is the second largest.

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Glad it’s good for the economy, and it gives a sense of security! Valerie

  3. Sue Says:

    Great post, Gigi 🙂

  4. Christine Says:

    yes the military is important.

  5. Douglas Morris Says:

    You guys are fortunate, we rarely see any military in Pittsburgh… I bet that gives a real feeling of security & patriotism. Interesting about your dad & you helping to assemble military medals too, Gigi! :^)

  6. DJan Says:

    My dad was in the Air Force, so I feel like a member of the military once removed. 🙂

  7. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …it sure is on Oahu.

  8. Elephant's Child Says:

    It is good for some economies, but on a personal level I would rather see some military expenditure redirected to other areas.

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    Our military is necessary, unfortunately.
    I was more interested in learning something new about you, that your father was a tailor for the Marines and that you helped make ribbons and medals. And I didn’t know that tailors made those.

  10. Wisewebwoman Says:

    Less industrial military machine and more funding for healthcare and education out of the trillion or so dollars spent on funding insane invasions. The corporations get wealthier and run of the mill people poorer. Constant “wars” for the last 100 years or so.

    But your history was most interesting Gigi.

    XO
    WWW

  11. David Gascoigne Says:

    The military has become a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. I would love to see it downsized considerably and more funds allocated to the pressing social needs of a society. There are countries all over the world with better health care systems, education that does not bankrupt a student before they start, better protection for the environment….and so on. And most countries don’t worship the military like some false God. I am not a fan!

  12. Arkansas Patti Says:

    You bet. We need to welcome them and thank them. I’d hate to think of our safety with out them.

  13. Far Side Says:

    Yes they are very important! 🙂

  14. Nancy Chan Says:

    The military has an important to play. You will be seeing more soldiers in your area.

  15. DeniseinVA Says:

    Very much so, we need them. I also was very interested in your Dad’s history with the military.

  16. Lois Evensen Says:

    Yes, God Bless our Military for being willing to do what is necessary to protect us and our homeland.

  17. Iris Empereur Says:

    I walked 20km with soldiers and after 18km Ingo needed to go pee. Finding the place… blablabla… the soldiers (I wore normal clothes) all greeted me with a smile (gosh, there was a bench but I knew if I sit down I don´t get up…! I must´ve looked tired as a soldier!)

    Ingo served his two years and was a firefighter later. To those brave men.

    I read many a book on Muslim states where soldiers try to help gain freedom… I would not be that brave, but they have my highest respect… of course.

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