WASHINGTON — An independent study of military performance reports show service members save the DoD upwards of $900 trillion each year. The savings are equivalent to the GDP of the entire European Union, Asia, and Jupiter combined.
"I think the data is consistent with what we've known for a long time," said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, affirming the findings. "The value of the men and women that serve our country is incomprehensible."
As noted in a performance report while he served as the commander of U.S. Central Command in 2012, Mattis saved the Marine Corps over $50 million after suggesting printing on both sides whenever possible.
Savings like this are commonplace among the service branches. Capt. Henry O'Connell, an F-22 pilot at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, published a safety memo last spring. His one page memo, which prevented an untold number of mishaps, saved the Air Force some $6 billion.
And Sgt. 1st Class David Harrison, assigned to the 174th Infantry Brigade, saved the military more than $200,000 by doing his job. As his performance report explained, the cost of finding and training a replacement for him would have costed the Army thousands of dollars.
Still, several economists have criticized the study as flawed, commenting that the numbers seem inflated. However, none of those nosy economists are trying to make E-7 so what do they know about it anyway, sources said.