I got out in 1978 as a Captain over 10, married with flight pay. A few months later I was riding a Greyhound bus and asked the driver, “If I had worked for Greyhound for six to ten years, how much would I be making?”
“Oh, it depends on which routes you had, but about $36,000 per year.”
As a Marine pilot flying a $6.5 million dollar helicopter, ready to go to war at the drop of a hat and spending 25 to 35% of my life away from my family, I was making about $24,000 per year. My enlisted crew and mechanics were making a lot less.
The current “entitlements” are for the most part handouts, not pay in exchange for work, as is the case with the military.
Why do congressmen earn $174,000 per year?
Why do Congressional chiefs of staff average $120K?
Why is the NFL minimum salary over $300K?
If the congress & press think the military is overpaid, let’s renew the draft, FOR ALL AGES up to 55. If you are drafted and don’t want to serve, you can PAY someone to take your place. At a MINIMUM, he gets your salary for two years, you get his.
NO educational deferments. If you (or your daddy) will pay $50k per year to go to Harvard, then you can pay the same to the guy taking your place in the military. If the NBA or NFL just offered you a signing bonus of $1 million and your draft number comes up, plan on signing that over to your military replacement.
Start an on-line auction to handle the bidding in case of a shortfall in people willing to take someone else’s place.
Sounds fair to me!
Who has the popcorn?
Conscription was certainly a way to control costs, but it also allowed a higher degree of selectivity before the deferment nonsense began. The military was full of healthy young men and there was no need to reduce standards to accomodate females, as an example.