Military overpaid ?

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3/3/2013 2:06am
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CINDY WILLIAMS was appointed by Obama as  an Assistant Director for NATIONAL SECURITY in the Congressional Budget O ffice.....

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

Cindy William wrote a piece for the Washington Times denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year citing that she stated a 13% wage increase was more than they deserve.

A young airman from HillAFB 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 GI's 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 per month. 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 in 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 ones. 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. Obviously 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's (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 be nearly 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 open piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL , I will defend to the death your right to say it.

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment right 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 noses 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?”
A1C Michael Bragg, Hill AFB AFNCC
I'm me, not a statistic. Praying to not be one for years yet.

POW - (3/3/2013 - 10:04am)

Uh, folks, Cindy Williams' article was published in the Washing Post 13 years ago during the brief period of "peace" between Desert Storm (1995) and September 11th (2001). See:

No matter when the article was published, I think that our servicemen and women should be paid enough to support a family and should NOT have to be on food stamps. Absolutely. But please, let's not accept anything you read on the Internet without double-checking the facts. 

BillMFl - (3/3/2013 - 10:33pm)

I agree totally. I receive so many bs e mails mostly from convservative neighbors and friends who pass on thses chain mail like emails that range from bizarre to absurd. It peaked during the recent election campaign. I chalk it up to the wing nut Rush Limbaugh ditto head crowd.

jag - (3/5/2013 - 10:33pm)

C'mon Bill, you're just upset that people called you a draft dodger all of these years when in reality the "don't ask don't tell rule kept you out."  Damn shame you guys had to wait this long if you ask me, but what do I know?  

Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

BonnieLea - (3/6/2013 - 8:23am)

well, Mr. Bill did not come to Canada!!! so cannot be a true dodger hahha.  I think those that go and serve in what ever war combat are great, they do infact protect us all.


So says a previous Vietnam protester.   OOOOPS did I say that?

that  is where my bravery against bears stems from doncha know?

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