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Military Pay.....

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Luckyman, May 4, 2009.

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  1. Luckyman

    Luckyman Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    This is a great e-mail that I thought I would share with everyone and may God Bless the brave men and women serving in our Armed Forces!!!!

    Subject: FW: MILITARY PAY

    /s/ Mary M. Eary
    Executive Secretary
    22d Mission Support Group/CCS
    57837 Coffeyville Street, Suite 204
    McConnell AFB KS 67221-3504
    DSN: 743-3500

    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 she stated 13% wage increase 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 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 (meal-ready-
    to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or
    cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some
    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 say it.
    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? Rubbish!
    A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC
  2. GrubbyJack

    GrubbyJack Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    get your facts right FIRST..........

  3. Hollywood Marine

    Hollywood Marine TS Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    It is indeed a pity that Miss Williams (the Actress) has been mistaken for the former writer from MIT. Cindy is a patriort who supports our troops in many ways. I would, on the other hand expect nothing less than journalistic irresponsibility from the liberal media, and that certainly includes the Washington Post.
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