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Old 04-11-2006, 12:10 PM   #1
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Response to Cindy Williams on military pay

Subject: Military Pay

This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece in
the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America.

On Nov. 12, Ms Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show)
wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below.
He ought to get a bonus for this.

"Ms Williams: I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GIs earn enough" and I am a bit confused.
Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service)and my bank account.

Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80
before taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20.
When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40, after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the
team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network. I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment.
A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job.
Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year.
No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum...
I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces.
Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN;
I leave the choice of service branch up to you.

Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience."

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved
Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone.
Oviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a
foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE (meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it.
You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opened piece.
But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to sayit.

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish.
On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would
make most people cringe.
We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.
And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve?

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Old 04-11-2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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Do I detect a hint of Sarcasm in his writings?

BTW: Is Cindy Williams suppose to be important, never heard of her before...
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:58 PM   #4
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I do not understand why our military personel have to pay taxes. That is rediculous. Second, give the men and women a raise for sake. Give them 100% raise, 200%, 1000%. I don't care! If the military paid a decent salary I would possibly take a more serious interest but, at my age and point in career in makes no sense. Probably why they can't get the 3 intelligence agancies systems to communicate either. For 40 Billion I will get the systems communicating but, they have yet to call me. I imagine they will be looking for me eventually though. :confused1

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I agree with him every bit.
+1, think we should have a program like Israel. What 2 year tour? would probably bring unity to an otherwise divided country with rich liberals bashing the military at every chance they can. Not understanding that's who's protecting the knotheads right to flap their socialist propaganda. Not realizing that they are probably where they are because of the current type of government they're so opposed to. Wish I could snap my fingers and transport their detached with reality as... to another country, to see how they like it. snap, snap darn thing is still broke.
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