My last monthly check when I retired in 1977 was $954. That was E7 over 20.<quoted text> I dont see a majority of military vets "putting their lives on the line" first off. People especially military ppl seem to think that everyone in the military is on the front lines of combat when the vast majority of them are not. These sub mariners seem to think that they are as equally entitled to the same hero status as a seal, ranger, or foot soldier etc. And I am cognizant of the fact that non combat jobs support the combat mission. However, the reality is that most of them work relatively safe jobs. I agree that what you signed up for is what you should get. However, myself and a lot of other people are tired of listening to you people gripe. You get a fair wage thats accompanied by housing allowance, free medical insurance, tax free shopping,nearly unlimited gratuities and discounts, education benefits, 20 year retirement pensions,home buyers programs, and job prefereces after seperation from the military. Yet you gripe all the time and expect that the rest of us should feel sorry for you and throw rose pedals on the ground for you to walk upon. If its so damn bad join the private sector and see if you can get the same deal with the skills and credentials you possess. Most service members signed up for these jobs with nothing but a HS education and limited job skills, yet its still not enough. This propaganda about fighting for our freedom is a false slogan thats far worn out. Most of the wars we have fought has had nothing to with the freedom of the American Citizens. Im sorry but the actions taken in Iraq, Somalia, Grenada, Kosovo, Vietnam, Korea, Mali, and endless other conflicts are not related to our security and freedom. Afghanistan is no longer about our freedom. Right now the tax payers i.e. the people you work for, are footing the bill to rebuild another nation. I understand that service members dont pick and chose what wars to fight, but this country cannot afford to continue its interventionalist policies. Just like we cant afford to pay every person who does 4 years of service then claims a disabilty for the rest of their life. But what do you people want that you are not getting? I do appreciate the military, however Im tired of hearing your constant whining and clamoring for accolades.
Those of you carping about what our servicemen are paid in relation to the risk of their job need to keep in mind that their risk level can escalate in a heartbeat. Also for those who say we wasted our time and resources in Iraq, Grenada, Somalia, Kosovo, etc, you are probably right. The only problem is the military didn't write the order that sent them there.
If you have a bitch it is with the politicians who are too quick to put the military in harms way.