The Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2022 budget is 4.4% larger than last year. This would ordinarily cover the cost of growth, but 2021 has produced consumer inflation rates over 5%. Military advocates claim the disparity between these figures has already decreased readiness and provided troops with a worse quality of life. This piece argues it would be prudent to add an additional $20B to the planned $735B defense budget to ensure security and mitigate any financial hardships military families may face. The price of real estate, oil, steel, and other commodities integral to the military economy has also noticeably risen over the last year squeezing the financial apparatus from all angles. To maintain the quality of our military and safety of our country we must not allow ourselves to be austere in this arena.