Wow. Ummm, housing is NOT free. We pay for it. It is a little something we get for our sacrifice. We are not forced to do anything. People stay and
keep re-enlisting because there are no jobs out there. The government is screwing up our economy so bad, oh AND by the way, talking about taking away
our benefits one at a time, including our retirement. However, most of us are re-enlisting because we have something called 'a sense of
responsibility' that drives us to do the right thing and ensure we have a steady job. Much like in civilian life, your job sucks, you have a family,
then you keep that crappy job. Now the military on the other hand UNLIKE the civilian world actually can set you up with a job. 90 days before you end
your time in service you start a process in which they help you transition from military to civilian life.
I am just curious where you get your information from. First off, you pretty much trashed your friends and your own family, based on what you see from
them and what they tell you, oh, and I somewhat doubt you have many "active duty friends" but on the chance that you do, let me say that they also
don't know what they are talking about. Probably Privates in the military with very little experience or understanding of the military, and as for
your family, did they really tell you very much about it? Every person has a different experience in the military. Just like every job. There are
people in every field who love and then those who hate their jobs.
I have been in the military for 6 years now. It's hard, I get little thanks, and I really don't make very much money. I don't stay in because I am
locked in, I stay in because it's a good job. Being that you have not served, you have no room to say anything at all about the military.
People do not just deploy to "get away from their fat or homely wives". People are not encouraged to get married. If anything, they are encouraged NOT
to. When a friend of mine got out of the military after 5 years, he got out with $90,000 in his account. Because he was smart with his money. A single
soldier, who didn't just sit there and party like so many others do. You keep much more money when you are single. I don't know why you think that we
get extra money for being married or having kids.
Married, you get about $250 a month called BAS, which is separate rations,
Single, you get a meal card, for eating at the dining facilities on post. which equals about $250 a month, for 3 meals a day.
Therefore, we both get the same amount, but we have the choice of spending that money at the d-fac or at the store for food. Now if a soldier misses a
meal at the d-fac due to training or whatever, he is not charged for that meal (or should not be, there are forms you can fill out for missed meal
vouchers for all you younger single soldiers who may not know this)
BAH (basic allowance for housing) - based off of rank, kind of makes up for the lack of pay we get so that we can provide a home for our spouses or
children. not very much money. We can live on or off post with this money..
Single soldiers - live in the barracks not with no utility bills, private bathrooms, only having to pay for luxuries such as cable/internet.
However, our BASE pay remains the same, married or not, SO in the end, a smart single soldier will ALWAYS take home more money each paycheck than a
married soldier one pay grade higher.
Oh, BTW. People get married, and they have kids. It's what humans do. It's not limited to military personnel only. There are plenty of people higher
and lower ranking who are NOT married, who decide to make careers out of the military with nothing tying them in except the fact that they want to.
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