Pay Soars to Keep People in Military

Pay Soars to Keep People in Military

There are 35 comments on the The Associated Press story from Apr 10, 2007, titled Pay Soars to Keep People in Military . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

The struggle to entice Army soldiers and Marines to stay in the military, after four years of war in Iraq, has ballooned into a $1 billion campaign, with bonuses soaring nearly sixfold since 2003.

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Tired ol cop

Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Apr 11, 2007
It's incredable! Halliburton pays truck drivers more than we pay our Marines. Halliburton seems to cheat the taxpayers (and their own employees) and makes unbelievable profits. Marines (as well as all other service people) go out and give their lives for the taxpayers including the Halliburton cheats.
Somehow, this doesn't seem quite right.
Is there any wonder the world seems to have distrust for our Country and our Citizens have distrust for our government?

United States

#2 Apr 11, 2007
We might be inceasing the salary here in the states making it a better incentive to go and risk your life for a country in Iraq.
But the people who are killing the troops don't get paid a dime and will continue to do it because they belive in their cause.
I don't want my sons over there. If they decide to go I will support them 100%. I support the troops that are giving up their lives for the decisions of the US Goverment. But I want them to come home leave that horrid country and come home and build our country. Stop the War!
James Doran

Seattle, WA

#3 Apr 11, 2007
So what is the basic pay for a soldier? This article does not give these details.
Stanley Poster

United States

#4 Apr 11, 2007
As a non combat soldier in 1952 I believe my pay was $84 per month. As a post recruit it increased and as a PFC it was higher. My military service was good for me. It gave me the GI bill which helped me through college.
I will vote for McCain

Casper, WY

#5 Apr 11, 2007
James Doran
I can tell you it is not equal to that of a government employee outside of the military. Ask people in congress about their retirement pay and benefits they won't tell you what it is.

Elected officials have insured them selves that all they need is there when they need it. Ask your congressman and see what the response is. I believe their retirment pay is what it was when they were supposedly employed. Benefits, they do not pay anything. They are assured of high living for life.
Rene of New Jersey

United States

#6 Apr 11, 2007
We're making mercenaries out of our troops all in the name of OIL...then let the oil cartel pay them the bonuses, since we're in there for the OIL and Exxon, Chevron & Conoco and their enormous bonuses...let them start paying for this's theirs.
I will vote for McCain

Casper, WY

#7 Apr 11, 2007
Halliburton has nothin to do with military pay. I am tired of hearing the name Halliburton. I understand Wal Mart is moveing their head quarters to the mid east also. American's will not be happy until all Head Quarters offices are driven from the US.

Auburn Hills, MI

#8 Apr 11, 2007
Two comments:
Pay depends on your rank and time in service. You would be suprised to know that alot of enlisted military families are still eligble for government assitance (ie. WIC and food stamps). They don't make as much as we think.

The Army and Marines are looking to boost numbers while the Air Force and Navy are cutting numbers drastically. Forcing out people who have done half their career time. Congress is severly damaging the United States Armed Forces.
army veteran

Auburn Hills, MI

#9 Apr 11, 2007
The U.S. will go the way of the USSR (bankrupt) if we dont stop our beligerence. We are wasting our heritage and our future to no good purpose. I believe Bush etal fomented this latest war to use his war powers for his own agenda. This is not in the best interests of the American people. Would I have reuped to go to Vietnam? Hell no, I felt the same way then. Now you can buy tshirts at Walmart made in Vietnam, all those young men died for nothing, as they are dying today.
Wayne Parris

Edgerton, WI

#10 Apr 11, 2007
I was an Army Recruiter for 3 1/2 years from 1994-97. I spent 12 years in the Army. During the Clinton ears, we got next to nothing in the way of pay increases. I got out in 1999 after a divorce. I couldn't afford to stay in due to the amount of child support I had to pay. Six months after I got out, they got the big pay raise to make up for the previous years. It was a little too late for me. The average civilian has no idea of what soldiers go through on a daily basis. If they did, our military would have much greater support! Don't believe everything you see in the media--it's severely one-sided against our Commander-In-Chief! The media has so much power to sway public opinion because our military is out there defending the right to free speech.
bart simpson

United States

#11 Apr 11, 2007
Well Mr. Bush your Iraq policy has finally payed off, and cost the tax payers again.
clarence swinney

United States

#12 Apr 11, 2007
Military pay scales available at
clarence swinney

United States

#13 Apr 11, 2007
Marines overseas tour is 7 months.

Army is 12 and going to be upped to 15.

Yes! Eliminate our Air Force and we are a second class military.

We need another great victory like Grenada. Reagan said it whipped Vietnam syndrome and put communism on the run.

Oh! How I miss that expert Moogumboo artist.

At least he made us feel good as he picked our pockets.

Bush snarls.

Saint George, UT

#14 Apr 11, 2007
Our military personnel deserve every penney they currently get and even more! They lay their lives on the line every day, don't get paid what they deserve, get cheated out of benefits when they leave the service and are not respected by too many Americans. I got 84 dollars a month while in the Army during the Korean War ... the CEO of Occidental Petroleum got $400 million last year. Where is the justice in that. We need to better appreciate our G.I. s and what they do.
Msgt Ret

United States

#15 Apr 11, 2007
It is about time our forces get paid for getting shot.

Marianna, FL

#16 Apr 11, 2007
Regardless of money the military is ALL of OUR backbones! Without them this country is nothing!
Dyke Vondale Davis

Auburn Hills, MI

#17 Apr 11, 2007
I say lit'tle Cow'poke, yah wan't ta reinenlist in mah'marine uniform? Well, quess wha...t: yah gotta first learn how to not use a calcahlator!
The accountants of this illegal war run by US Conservatives and International Oil are busy as little devils trying to keep the cost down for their benefactors.
Mixing propagada, mass murder, The Rule of Law (laugh), and the "T"-Word in an ever spreading coverup that has lead to this International Criminal Conspiracy.
One look at the Dick Chaney secret Energy White Paper get together or the list of international oil companies lined up to sign lucrative Iraqi Oil contracts and you'll see that all this patriotic hors'shi is more of the same mass manipulation and intellectual insult being shove down the throat of the American Tax payer.
Pay raises for military retentions wanes simple preschool math compared to the hundreds of billions that these corporate killers will attain once Iraq is completely littered with graves and Americans can once again summer on the shores of Bagdad. Why not just pull the sheets off and let Big Oil pay fully for it's corporate takeover of international oil fields. Instead of military uniforms the mercenaries can wear Chavon, Shell and BP insignia. This way the employment incentatives will match similar law enforcement benefits packages for equally grueling and dangerous employment. But, no this would require a complete and truthful look at America's History of War and slavery: it's about profits and the bottom line-not terrorism or protecting America. How much is your son's life worth?

“How do we get rid of Bush & Ch”

Since: Apr 07

Norton Shores

#18 Apr 11, 2007
I'm happy for the boys & girls in the service of country they deserve to be paid
more, during word war 2 we were paid combat pay. My question is how are we going to pay for it. Borrow more money from China. This is Bush & Chaneys war let
then and there oil rich friends pay for it.

Cincinnati, OH

#19 Apr 11, 2007
Pay soars??????????

Yeah, people join the military to get rich, right.

Maple Heights, OH

#20 Apr 11, 2007
How much does it cost to fight an unjust and unwarranted war ???? anyone ????

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