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How would you describe military pay and benefits?

Very inadequate12 %12 %12 % 12.12 % (8)
Adequate, but needs significant improvements33 %33 %33 % 33.33 % (22)
Okay, but Congress needs to keep on top of it21 %21 %21 % 21.21 % (14)
Okay as starting wages but not for a career27 %27 %27 % 27.27 % (18)
The military has outstanding pay and benefits4 %4 %4 % 4.55 % (3)
Other, please explain in comments.1 %1 %1 % 1.52 % (1)

Total votes: 66
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Re: How would you describe military pay and benefits?
by Anonymous
on Jan 25, 2002

T o be honest...I have no idea what the pay is like these days..but it`s gotta be better than the $68 a month I got...Griz


Re: How would you describe military pay and benefits?
by Anonymous
on Jul 09, 2002

As the wife of an E4 (spec) in the US Army, I believe that military pay is very inadequate for this day in age. Even having only one small child, its sad when you can barely make it from pay to pay. Its sad when military personel are eligible for public assistance. And whats with this going anywhere from fourteen to 19-20 days between pays? Its the first and the fifteenth of every month yes, but when either date falls on a weekend, or a holiday and you get paid early, it makes the wait for the next payday that much longer. I think it should be changed to a set date and time, where its always an even two weeks. As much as the military needs new recruits you would think they would do more with incentives and benefits and such. No wonder its a problem to get new recruits, you can make the same money in the civilian world on welfare or mcdonalds as you get enlisting in the military to defend and possibly die for your country. Who can blame them.


Re: How would you describe military pay and benefits?
by Anonymous
on May 14, 2005

As a middle enlisted person I feel that the wages are greatly less than adequate. After all It is the enlisted folks that do 95% of the work in the military. We should be paid at least the poverty level as a starting wage. An E-6 in the military is just slightly above the poverty level of the U.S. I do not see how the junior enlisted folks make it.


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