Before Donald Trump was sworn in as President, the US military morale was reportedly at 'rock bottom' as 52% of soldiers across all branches were "pessimistic about their future in the military." Top military leaders complained about Obama's micromanagement. In addition the military size had histrocially and significantly decreased and the budget sequestration in 2013 cut approximately $85.4 billion during fiscal 2013 with similar cuts for years 2014 until 2021. So what has President Trump done so far to change the course as he promised?
*UPDATE: President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which included nearly $700 billion for the military and $591 billion for non-defense funding;The military also got the largest pay raise in 10 years.
1/27/17: President Trump signed executive order titled "The rebuilding of the United States Armed Forces". One will "begin a great rebuilding of the armed services," while the other covered entry of foreigners into the US. "To ensure the sacrifices of our military are supported by the actions of our government," Trump said. The executive action called for new planes, ships and tools for the military. "As we prepare our budget request for Congress... our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace, we do want peace," Trump said. We give President Trump a B here. Astonishingly, for the first time since World War II there are no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world. And the army has the fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States. That is a scary thought. However with new technology focusing more on drones, does America need to build up it's military as much as it was in the past?
8/17/17: President Donald Trump signed into law an updated veterans' education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade.
10/21/17: Trump signed an executive order giving the Airforce more leverage as it attempts to combat the growing pilot shortage in its ranks. The Air Force now has the option to return through voluntary programs as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active-duty service.
11/6/17: President Trump asked Congress for another $5.9 billion for the military as he continued an Asia trip aimed at countering what he called the "North Korean menace". Trump asked to amend an earlier 2018 defense budget request by allocating an additional $4 billion for missile defense, $1.2 billion for the administration’s new Afghanistan effort and another $700 million for Navy ship repairs. The new missile defense funding will address an increasing threat from North Korea, Trump said.
11/12/17: For the first time in history the U.S. military breaks ground for new permanent base in Israel. The new U.S. base marks the first to be co-located within an Israeli base and the first in which active interceptors are to be deployed.
1/9/18: President Trump signed an executive order to increase access to mental care for recently discharged service members. The move will expand mental-health care for transitioning veterans as they leave the military, an effort to reduce suicides in a group that is considered particularly at risk.
2/2/18: The Pentagon released a new nuclear arms policy that calls for the introduction of two new types of weapons, effectively ending Obama-era efforts to reduce the size and scope of the U.S. arsenal and minimize the role of nuclear weapons in defense planning.
2/9/18: Trump signed a $400 billion spending bill into law allowing the massive increases in military spending that he campaigned on. Trump stated "Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more."
3/10/18: President Trump announced the planning of a military parade (similiar to the one held in 1991) to honor the US military men and women. The military parade is planned for Veterans Day - without tanks.
3/24/18: President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which included funding for the military. The Navy got 14 new ships, including a carrier; the Air Force added 56 F-35s; the Army gots 17 Apache and 11 Lakota helicopters; the Marine Corps received 24 vertical landing F-35Bs; and the Coast Guard gets a long-needed icebreaker. It also included the largest military pay raise in 10 years.
5/9/18: The President signed an executive order aimed at increasing opportunities for military spouses to obtain federal jobs and encouraging agencies to increase their use of the noncompetitive hiring authority for military spouses.
5/26/18: President Trump gave a speech to the graduates of the Naval Academy. Then, the president went a step further, offering to shake the hands of every single graduate — more than 1,000 midshipmen. He shook hands for 90 minutes straight. “I was given an option. I could make this commencement address, which is a great honor for me, and immediately leave and wave goodbye. Or I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100,” Trump said, “Or I could stay for hours and shake hands with 1,100 and something. What should I do? What should I do?”
5/27/18: The Dept of Defense announced a new policy. Families of military service members who die overseas in non-combat incidents will now be able to have their travel expenses to Dover Air Force Base covered so they can receive their loved ones when they return. It will lessen the financial burden for more families attending dignified transfer ceremonies at Dover, the military's largest mortuary facility.
Presiden Trump's grade on the military