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is the military getting under paid?

im only asking this cause i am struggling to survive, i live pay check to pay check, and in constant worrie that im not going to be able to make it so....whatever u think just comment. thanks a very poor airmen

Asked By: quikblue11 - 1/3/2007
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For the military it's a matter of dollars and cents, which can be calculated from measuring supply and demand... More
Answered By: Godself - 1/3/2007
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yes e-1s don't even make minimum wage.
Answered By: plhudson01 - 1/3/2007
 
Service members have pretty much always been underpaid in my opinion.
Answered By: dem4six - 1/3/2007
 
The military has ALWAYS been underpaid. They compensate with the three hots and a cot, but if you are a married junior enlisted person, life is rough. When I joined in 1973, base pay was $307.00 per month. Minus taxes and a $95.00 a month car payment, I couldn't afford to walk anywhere, let alone drive..........
Answered By: tallerfella - 1/3/2007
 
Yes, my husband is in the Army and I see tons of people struggle. Example our housing, water, and electric should be covered but there was no open base housing so we are off base and our water and electric is not covered so that is out of pocket not to mention this is an area that has a high cost of living.
Answered By: 2007 - 1/3/2007
 
Considering benefits, food, and housing in there, you are fine pay wise, though it hurts right now. You are making average at about E-3 and two years in. Its not so bad once you hit E-4. Get a few deployments under your belt, budget yourself, stay away from using credit cards, and work on the promotion. You will see... More
Answered By: Shawn M - 1/3/2007
 
what do you mean? you get a huge benefit if you die, you're not trying hard enough, not something to joke about I guess, I would rather pay soldiers than Haliburton
Answered By: J. A. Prufrock - 1/3/2007
 
Yes and no. I served in the military for 8 years. The point is you are accepting the conditions of your employment. It is a volunteer military. If you want more, then don't reenlist. However, you'll notice the longer your in the more your pay goes up. If your serving for a paycheck, then you are in the wrong... More
Answered By: krzylove - 1/3/2007
 
Takes management of your money but it is doable. BTW, the military is always underpaid.
Answered By: netnazivictim - 1/3/2007
 
My NCOIC told me he remembers making 99.00 a month in the early 70's. I felt I was poor as a Airman basic making 389. a month. Same story different day.
Answered By: Leogirl0804 - 1/3/2007
 
yes, i did 20 years and sometimes i wonder how i paid my bills on time, yes we get all these benefits, medical, housing, insurance but we also have to contend with outside cost of living, when i was in Southern California i knew a couple of E-5 that were using welfare to help with family food costs, rent was high and... More
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Answered By: paki - 1/3/2007
 
we are at san deigo naval base and my wife is E-6 and does 36,000 a year i'm e-7 and do 40,000 do the math.
Answered By: Jeffrey E - 1/3/2007
 
I am not going to say no... The military pay has always been at the mercy of those in Congress. In the last 20 years I can remember only one 5% pay raise and that was in the 1980s. Most of the other pay raises were 2 or 3% at most, and anen they were penalized by rases in FICA, and other taxes. The benefits for the... More
Answered By: eldertrouble - 1/3/2007
 
yes they are....my husband is an E5 and doesnt get paid very much at all and we live pay check to pay check...sure we get medical and housing paid for but what about money just to live...
Answered By: sherichance79 - 1/3/2007
 
yeah they kinda are if you think about it, they are risking their life to protect the country... More
Answered By: dark5dragon - 1/3/2007
 
I think the pay needs to be reviewed so yes i think military does get underpaid, but in other areas, we are very very lucky. As the wife of a soldier, i am currently pregnant. 100% of my pregnancy is covered medically, i pay nothing for my prenatals, blood work, delivery ect. Medical expenses are extemely expensive. My... More
Answered By: misty justin - 1/3/2007
 
In1968 I was getting $67 a month, That was in the army. Figure it out.
Answered By: ARFED 13 - 1/3/2007
 
YES the military is underpaid.
Answered By: Michelle2002 - 1/3/2007
 
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