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Readers Respond: Do you think the 2011 military pay raises are fair?

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From the article: Military Base Pay for 2011
Each year, military pay is raised to account for raises is cost of living. Do you think the 2011 military pay raises are fair?

military pay?

These guys with dependents need to make more. Take it from Congress men pay & benifits
—Guest Bill

Somewhat fair...

I believe for most the basic pay is fair, it's a case by case basis, some come in at 18 and have no expenses, others like myself joined at 25 with car payments and what not, it doesn't equate to as good a standard of living but you won't find me complaining. Anyways, considering our benefits and the medical options and all out there available to us, I'd consider it fair. However, it's the absurd salaries of those that make the biggest choices WITHOUT putting their lives on the line that angers me and thousands more. If I'm required to be living in tents in Kandahar wearing an M16 every waking hour, and civilians can make many times more doing considerably less...THAT'S the problem. Our nation is built on the backs of the rich paying the "serfs" to do their dirty work for them and taxing them for it. Our military is no exception. But what are ya gonna do...
—Guest Deployed first term airman

what will the market bare?

Want more pay? Don't join. Clearly the pay is adequate or we would have a shortage of military personnel. Pay them what the market will bare just like the real world.
—Guest me

Good pay

Hey I'm active duty E-4 immigrant from Colombia ... Proud to serve this country...I love my job the training they give me was great and I try to learn a new thing every single day .... I think is a good pay no matter what
—Guest Active duty

no it aint fair...

Congress and legislators and other goverment members get paid way more than we do.. but we are the one risking our life for them.. and once a financial situation comes, they just think of cutting military budgets and helps.. but congress is sitting.. getting big payment andfood/diet allowance to eat nice steaks..
—Guest me

Too little pay

You can never pay the Military what they deserve for their daily sacrifices.
—Guest Robert Atwell

really?

I find myself in agreement with most of these posts. But for someone who doesn't know first hand to tell me what I make is down right wrong. This is for the volunteer who posted on volunteering at his church or red cross. Im 24 years old and married who volunteered to join the military I bring home meaning to my bank account just over $768 dollars every two weeks I didn't get any sort of bonus, those go to the people who put their life on the line DAILY to include military working dogs they detect bombs, EOD they dispose the bombs. Construction they rebuild after the bombs go off. So tell me smart one someone shooting at you while your at church? How about running towards you with a suicide vest on while your volunteering at the red cross? No, your safely doing your civic duty while we put our lives on the line. Hazardous duty fyi is $275 a month your life worth that much? Do yourself a favor before shooting off at the gums about what you heard and look at the facts...........
—Guest currently serving

"Volunteer" yes...but not free...

I am a very proud military wife. My husband has been enlisted for 6 years now...deployed within a couple months of completing his military schools, but only the once. Not by his choice. He tried to go again, but he was transfered to a training squadron...again, not by his choice...now taking care of all of the aircraft that the new pilots are learning on. So seriously, saying that my husband's service isn't as important as a service member who has the misfortune to be deployed to combat zones many times. Also, just because he's only been deployed to a combat zone once, does NOT mean he's been home the rest of the time...he's still been deployed so the pilots can train for a 1-1.5 months a time, MANY times, granted, still in the US, but not with his family. And with the cost of EVERYTHING going up, it keeps getting harder and harder to make ends meet. He "volunteered" to join, but still needs to be compenstated for his WORK. PS: search for "military base pay" for the pay charts E
—Guest Military Wife

civilian pay

why is it that the civilians that do the same job as soldiers get paid more when they dont go outside the wire they dont works 48 hours straight they dont get ordered to go they usually volunteer why is it im making 40,000 a year if that and they are making 100,000 something doesnt seem right there-
—Guest fed up

No

soldiers should get payed alot more then average period. If the pay was better& for sure, then army would be bigger and stronger.
—Guest guest

retired

Is ther a pay chart for E-1 - E-9, for example when I first went in a Private's basic pay was $78. dollars a month, if he were single. and it listed all the pay rates up to and including General. Isn't that available any longer.
—Guest Mark

cuts...

We're a military family and its easy for those who aren't to think its some dream. We are blessed with what we have yes. We chose the life. But our families miss a lot of special momments others take for granted and some seem oblivious to the fact that we need a military period! Be thankful others join. We will never be weathly and the benefits people think are great, aren't. For middle enlisted ranks its the hardest. We had way more diposable income at lower ranks before kids. Pay raises aren't that great as you pick up rank. Ordering SUV parts, good assumption because one person breaks the law they all do! Benefit cuts are sucking! Our son is allergic to food. Tricare will not cover his $60 every 3 days presc. formula. Other insurances cover it. Through friends we also finding they are denying many other things infants need to live decent lives like medical helmets. Thats 2500 dollars militay families don't have. But if we were on welfare these things would be covered!
—Guest military family

Vital Thing Forgot

First off - thank you everyone who pays for my family to get by. Second, I think everyone is forgetting something vital - the standard US Navy work week (as of Basile report and many other authoritative documented studies) is 70 hours. Crickets? I know some deploy some don't, and some don't work that much. However, that's what we statistically work on average. I will be the first to say it's hard, and potentially family destroying (among other things), but also potentially rewarding. If a person was promoted early every time possible, served five years, after all benefits tallied, 49,000 a year. I'm happy with it. However, it's also 13 dollars an hour. Honestly, we all know life isn't fair. Is that pay fair for the work we do? No. Put a price on freedom, try. However, we shouldn't get raises beyond inflation. We ARE a VOLUNTEER force. You pay for our service - thank you. You can't and we don't want you to pay for results by standing in battle and taking a bullet.
—Guest Pisces Patriot

Military Pay

Yes I believe the Military Pay is reasonable and fair. However,I note,the discussion on pay omitted and disclosure of all of the medical benefits enjoyed by the personnel and Family,the Death Benefit or the other benefits ie.,special assignment,hazardous duty etc which make up the total picture of military pay benefits.
—Guest Randy D. Lang

Deployed

I'm iin the military. How can you say this guy deserves more for deploying? It's the luck of the draw. I have never deployed. I've never deployed. I've volunteered 3 times and never went anywhere. That doesn't mean my family doesn't suffer. I have left them several times. When your told where your going to live what you can and can't do. I can barely afford to feed my family, but people on welfare are eating steak, selling drugs and driving nice cars. This does not count for the people who actually need the help, but if you dont get off assistance. Or use it to help needy kids.
—Guest Jeremy

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