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Increase the pay and benefits of military personnel.
   
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Monday, Sep 24th, 2012 1:24 AM
When the military became a volunteer force they received a substantial raise in pay and retained all the special pay allowances, tax free purchases on base, medical care, retirement packages, etc. The current pay scale for BASIC pay (not including all the allowances and benefits) ranges from $1378.80-$14,975.10/month depending upon rank and number of years of service. Many members of the military serve in non-combat positions. Since this is a voluntary force, if they feel the salaries do not adequately compensate them for the duties required, they don't have to enlist.
Sunday, Feb 17th, 2013 9:05 PM
Well let me say this with out our men and women ENLISTING we would not have anyone to stand up for the USA but we treat our troops as if we don't care all the do for our country it is sad to know that our military can not afford to feed their family and some of them have to get help from welfare for food. That makes me sick that our great country care so little about the men and women who give so much and get so little in return. If they can DIE for you than why can you not pay them, for all they give. Sad that some people think it is OK that this happens to our Military.
Saturday, Mar 30th, 2013 12:15 AM
$1,378,80/mo. base is poor pay!! Why not cut down on paying the people in the sports arena instead and give more to our military. They do nothing for the country, or the people in the movie industry, etc. What would you do if the military became mandatory again? Could you live on that salary.
Friday, Feb 13th, 2015 2:48 PM
As an E-4 my last year I earned 24k in 2007. I figured out for the hours I worked, if I had a job earning minimum wage not even counting overtime that I should have earned almost 500k in 4 years instead I got less than 100k. Free room and board? If you'd like to sleep on a 2 inch thick "mattress" placed on steel, 230 dollars a month roughly for food that I rarely had time to eat. That is why they call it serving your country. 50% pay increase minimum is realistic for all enlisted.
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