Air Force chief says lid on pay could hit recruiting

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Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Gabriel complained Thursday that President Reagan did not consult his top military advisers before deciding to back a freeze on military pay and may have hurt recruitment efforts.

The proposed freeze, which will now be taken up by Congress, is aimed at reducing a record-high projected federal budget deficit that could top $200 billion. General Gabriel said the military Joint Chiefs of Staff would have been willing to forgo some major weapons systems rather than the pay cut.

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