Most senior officers spent their time either “at headquarters,” at the officers club or writing letters begging for a desk job in the Pentagon. Vietnam service was an important rung on the promotion ladder and a colorful campaign ribbon or two added to the salad bar on their chests didn’t hurt either. I can’t believe things have changed much since then. If anyone deserves an over-the-top retirement package it’s the staff sergeants and master sergeants who are the real glue that hold things together in the field and make things work, not a bunch of desk wonks that spend their days patting themselves and each other on the back. A $202,802 yearly pension? Give me a break. What do they think this is — the NFL?