Originally posted by MolecularPhD
reply to post by December_Rain
What planet do you live on?
I live on a planet which is filled with hypocrites and where the world leaders are minting money using propaganda and a unique method called freedom
and democracy through killing & looting/ stealing of other areas resources. I live on a planet where a species which has half DNA of virus is slowly
taking it's true full form and think it's superior to other species i.e, plants, animals etc. I live on a planet where a group of people think they
deserve special status or respect because they killed someone thousands of miles away..i live on a planet where a species believe in magical things
such a flying people/ beasts irrespective of the fact they have never seen them and moreover the funny part is this half virus species fights
eachother of this invisible flying entity.
I think all of you who believe that service men and women have it so easy should take the time to visit any military base from the 1-5th of any
month. The salary which you speak so highly of is not even enough to feed their own families;
How are annual pay raises calculated? Military pay raises are linked to civilian pay raises. Military pay raises have been at least
one half of a percent higher than the civilian pay raise each year, as measured by the Employment Cost Index (ECI), until 2006. Starting in 2007, pay
raises are equal to the increase in the ECI. Pay raises may exceed these automatic levels if authorized by Congress. In January 2010, the military pay
raise was changed to 3.4% (ECI).
As the above part puts it clearly the salary is linked to civilian pay rises. If you dont think i's enough to feed your family then you are no
special because it's same for civilians too.
Also did I mentioned the discounts/ benefits and tax free status
receives who are in active combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan? Oh well, now I did.
the free housing you speak of has a waiting list that is years long, and for those that are lucky enough to get on base housing that are
enlisted men and women; ask one what conditions they live in?
So does it mean the benefit is not being offered? Geez you are getting free housing and then also complaining a thing which is rarely offered to
anyone outside millitary. If you dont like it leave it. Oh and it also include the
First-Time Homebuyer Credit: Members of the Military and Certain Other Federal
You and the rest of the ignorant posters here have no idea of what you speak of; you have lived here without a clue as to what it takes to
make it so; without you being placed in shackles your wife and daughters raped, your family tortured, then your life taken from you; only to realize
your family will continue to suffer.
So it must be a lie then the Military receives:
1. ENLISTMENT BONUS
: Qualified Active Duty recruits may be eligible for a combination of bonuses up to $40,000. Qualified Army Reserve
recruits may be eligible for a combination of bonuses up to $20,000.
2. ACTIVE DUTY EDUCATION BONUSES
: Qualified applicants who enlist for two or more years in any Army Military Occupational Specialty may receive
one of the following bonuses for civilian education:
* Associates, Bachelor's or higher degree—$5,000
* High school graduates with 60 or more college semester hours—$4,000
* High school graduates with 30 to 59 college semester hours—$3,000
3. FOOD ALLOWANCE
: The Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS) is used to pay for food for Enlisted Soldiers and Officers authorized to eat off
base. Most Soldiers who qualify for BAS receive more than $200 per month.
4. HOUSING ALLOWANCE
: The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) offsets the cost of housing when Soldiers live off base. BAH rates are based on
location, rank and family status. BAH is the second-largest piece of compensation for most Soldiers.
5. CLOTHING ALLOWANCE
: Enlisted Soldiers receive an annual allowance to replace uniforms and uniform decorations. For jobs that require
civilian clothes, the military provides a civilian clothing allowance.
6. COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE
: Soldiers assigned to high-cost locations in the continental U.S. and overseas are paid a Cost of Living Allowance.
This allowance offsets the higher costs of food, transportation, clothing and other non-housing items. Higher costs of housing are covered separately
by the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).
7. MOVING & RELOCATION ALLOWANCE
: The military pays for the transportation of household goods during a permanent change-of-station move. In
addition, a Temporary Lodging Allowance covers the cost of temporary housing at the beginning and end of a move. To further offset moving costs, a
Dislocation Allowance is also granted for permanent change-of-station moves.
8. FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE
: Soldiers assigned or deployed to locations where the military will not move families receive a Family
Separation Allowance of $250 per month to cover expenses incurred during a Soldier's separation from their family. Soldiers are also entitled to the
allowance if their families are unable to accompany them overseas due to medical reasons.
9. Education Benefits
10. HEALTH CARE
: As a Soldier, you and your family are automatically covered by a comprehensive HMO-type health care plan called TRICARE that
provides medical and dental care at little or no cost.
TRICARE enrollees receive most health care at a Military Treatment Facility (MTF), where a primary care manager (PCM) supervises their care. The
Army's health care team is one of the biggest health care networks in the world, utilizing state-of-the-art technology in world-renowned
A network of "preferred" or "in-network" providers add to the services offered at MTFs. Soldiers and their families are free to make appointments
with any authorized provider.
Separate programs are available for Soldiers and their families who are on remote assignment or overseas.
11. LIFE INSURANCE
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is a program of low cost group life insurance for Active Duty and Army Reserve
Soldiers. SGLI coverage is available in $10,000 increments up to the maximum of $400,000. SGLI premiums are currently $.065 per $1,000 of insurance,
regardless of the member's age.
* 30 days vacation earned annually
* Weekends free*
* National holidays*
* Sick days as needed
13. Discounts from 700+ companies + travel benefits, etc.
I can go on and on with the list but you get the picture so its better you get off your high horse and face some reality how much pay and benefits you
are receiving. If you got problem with pay and benefits you are getting take it up with your employer.
[edit on 13-4-2010 by December_Rain]