NewsMax has the following post up ‘Outrage: Obama Administration Targets Military For Pay Reductions. While The Washington Post looks at it this way ‘Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay’.
Both articles are in regards to the congressional intent to offer the military a 1.9% pay increase. Whereas the Obama Administration has recommended a 1.5% military pay increase. Basically, President Obama is asking congress for a lower increase in military pay at a time our troops are in harm’s way.
From The Washington Post we see this angle.
Through nine years of war, service members have seen a healthy rise in pay and benefits, with most of them now better compensated than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels.
From NewsMax we are offered.
For example, the military brass claims that an average sergeant in the Army with four years of service and one dependent would receive $52,589 in annual compensation, according to the paper. This figure includes basic pay, housing, and subsistence allowances, as well as tax benefits.
Meanwhile, a U.S. postal letter carrier, with no supervisory or hazardous duty, makes approximately $80,000 a year when all benefits are factored in.
Critics of the Obama administration’s efforts to cut soldier’s pay say America’s security has been strengthened by higher pay rates, as qualified veterans are re-enlisting at record rates, reversing the problem the military witnessed just a few years ago.
The 52k figure includes all compensation and benefits. The reality is that the take home pay is much, much lower.
I refuse to believe that in this day of multi-billion dollar Wall St bailouts, a failed trillion Dollar Stimulus Plan, the Trillion Dollar socialization of our Nations Healthcare system and the rewarding of Socialist Billionaires for buying elections, that the Obama Administration cannot find something else to cut in the budget in order to fairly compensate military members at war.
Police and firefighters often make more than military members and they have an excellent benefits package, retire early and receive higher retirement pay. While the majority of our police and firefighters are brave souls performing dangerous jobs, it does not compare to military service in a danger zone.
In the military, when you are deployed to a combat zone, your day ends exactly at midnight. Your new day begins exactly at midnight. There is no hourly wage, no time card, no union rules and while you may perform a watch, there is no shift that will end at a given time. You do what you are told, you rest when you can and you take advantage of any relaxation possible. Because, 24/7 there is someone trying to kill you.
Imagine that. Every day, every night, even when you are sleeping, 24/7 someone is plotting to make you dead. It is nothing personal. You are just a number to them. Your life’s only value is their political gain in causing your death. You are living target for someone else’s gun 24/7.
How do you adequately value the compensation for such a job? A police officer involved in a shooting is placed on administrative duties until the investigation is over, or the officer is mentally and physically prepared to return to duty. They can go home, relax, take a vacation, or simply find something else to do.
A military member involved in a firefight may lose their best friend and be required to carry on for days with no end in sight. They will spend months on the line expecting a firefight every second. Their only relief is when the firefight starts, because the waiting for it is over.
Military members in peace time often takes risks far above and beyond that required of a normal ‘dangerous’ job.
There were often times in my military career when I could not believe they paid me for what I did. Then there were other times when I could not believe ‘what’ they paid me for what I did. I mean, Evil Knievel would have been compensated millions of dollars for a job that I was ordered to do and I was often compensated less than a minimum wage employee working full-time at Mickey D’s. That is life in the military.
I lived through a time when active duty military members were compensated so little in pay that they often were qualified to receive food stamps. A time when many military members used up their leave working part-time jobs just to make ends meet. A time when military pay and compensation placed a majority below the poverty level.
A time of double-digit inflation when congress voted themselves a 33% percent pay raise, while they and the President made the decision to let the military be the example for the rest of the nation and capped the military pay raise at 1%. Moral did not exist and qualified people left the service every day because they could no longer ‘afford’ to serve. It took a decade to rebuild and make up for the talent lost. I never want to see those times return.
This is what happens in Socialist nations. They reduce their ability to defend themselves in order to pay for Socialist programs. Western Europe is a perfect example. They have hollow militarys that largely depend on assistance from the U. S. Military. They are incapable of defending themselves, much less projecting power. That is the price of Socialism.
We are the United States of America. The defenders of the Free World. If we go down, if we lose our edge, if we substitute Socialist programs for military strength, the World goes down with us.
Our military is the strongest best equipped military in the World. The best defense has always been to have the best offense. We have that now. I remember a time when we did not.
Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past. We are at war, our enemies are many and they are not getting any friendlier. Give the military just compensation Mr. President. They are doing a job many would never do. They deserve better. Give it to them. It is the right thing to do.
Every time I watch the above video it brings a tear to my eye. I am damn proud of this military. I ask God to bless them and protect them every day.