posted on Dec, 11 2014 @ 10:02 PM
a reply to: Ceeker63
12 1/2 years of service in the Air Force so far, and I gotta say...it's not that bad. Another poster mentioned all the additional allowances we get,
which is spot on. To refresh, I get Basic Pay, Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic Allowance for Substance and Flight Pay. I get an annual allowance
for clothing. Pay raises every 2 years and promotions occur every few years. We get free healthcare. We have the Montgomery GI Bill AND $4,500 in
tuition assistance every year which if used properly, can get you a Masters degree. I own a condo through a VA loan, which is a pretty solid loan to
have access too. When I'm deployed I get monthly pay increases for combat pay, hazardous duty pay and family seperation pay....and it's all tax
Most of my friends all own nice homes and nice cars without being in bad debt. There are financial planning professionals on every AF base to help
you come up with a budget to fit your needs. So the way I see it, we're paid at a fairly competetive level.
Now...I will say this, I've been shot at once while on a C-130 over Baghdad and I didn't know it until the pilot mentioned something to us after we
landed. I was less than 100 yards from a mortar that landed on a flightline in Afghanistan. Nothing that I've experienced compares to what the guys
who shoot and get shot at as a part of their job. Those guys...deserve a hell of a pay raise for what they do. Those are the guys who deserve big
houses with 5 car garages.
Sure, we all put ourselves at risk. But we knew what we were getting into. It sucks seeing our efforts be wasted on a government that uses us for
personal gain rather than national security. But that doesn't mean that we don't serve a purpose, and it doesn't mean that we aren't still here to
"fight for freedom" as IShotMyLastMuse seems to think, because we are.
We didn't sign up to fight questionable wars, our country continues to elect officials who put us in those wars. Whether you believe it or not...most
of us actually do care about this country's freedom. And most of us are actively doing something about it...not jockeying for keyboard supremity with
Anyway, back on point. A 1% pay raise is better than a 0% pay raise. We are at the mercy of our government, but military pay has come a LONG way
from where it was in the past.
edit on 11-12-2014 by Assassin82 because: corrections