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What was your rate of pay on entering the service?

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    My wife has me cleaning out my reloading room again and I came across my Army discharge papers along with a paper showing my rate of pay when I entered the service which was $139.00 per month.

    For younger people, I am sure this sounds unbelievable, but I still had enough money to send my mother $25.00 per month for my collect phone calls home.

    When I had leave to come home, my father would have me pack the car filled with cartons of Camels at the cost of $2.08 a carton. He would freeze them????

    I took basic training at Fort Lewis Washington and AIT at Fort Sill Oklahoma.

    Do any of you recall how much money you were paid when entering the service? How much was a carton of cigs? Where did you take Basic training and AIT?

    Steve Balistreri
     
  2. Force Break

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    I cannot remember the gross, but I almost threw up when I got my first check for under $50.00 for two weeks and they had most of that spent with things I had to buy. I had been working as a composit roofer, large high factory buildings at $80.00 per day less union day fees.Then they sent me to VN for about three hundred a month take home and some food and a place to sleep. Hell, I even save some money while I was over there.
     
  3. gdbabin

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    I went active in the mid seventies and received E3 pay from the start because I was in the AEF (Advanced Electronics Field) that required a 6yr obligation due to the length of the training involved. I'll never forget E3 base pay was $433.20/mo. (E1s got a whole $374 bucks a month).


    I didn't join till I was 22 and had a wife and child to support. I remember how mad I was when my first few checks were almost nothing because I had to pay for my uniforms. That one snuck up on me!



    Today a brand new E1 gets a whopping $1,379 and an E3, $1,757 (roughly 400% more than my day). I'd hate to try and make ends meet with a wife and child on 1,700 bucks. It was tough for us back then and probably tougher now...


    Sticking with it paid off however as I still use my military skills and benefits to enjoy the success and luxury of today. Everything I have is owed to Uncle Sam.


    Guy Babin
     
  4. cunninmp

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    I'm with the Marine. USN in June of 1960 at $78.00.
    Boot Camp in San Diego, CA. At discharge I was a GMG2 (E-5)
    with over 4 years. I think that was around $205.00. 1966.
    I thought I was rich!!!

    Mike Cunningham Groveland, CA
     
  5. Catpower

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    I think it was about $128 when I went in in 72, then we got a big jump when they cancelled the draft, I was in the Air Force, they didn't draft anybody, but the pay bump was nice

    When I was in Thailand we were bombing N Viet Nam, I was getting flight pay hazardous duty pay and TDY pay I think I was clearing $833 because it was tax free

    Over there you could get a carton of filter cigs for about $2, Camels were $.75, and they had Winchester mini cigars for $.25

    I blew all my money drinking and chasing women, well quite a bit of it, but did get cameras, stereo, jewelry, and bought a bunch of 24K gold chains and bracelets for $32 per ounce, but my exwife stole them and I was screwed, in the divorce she was ordered to return them if they could be located, yeah right

    Sure wish I still had them I bought a bunch of gold over there
     
  6. Hauxfan

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    It was $72.00 once a month.

    We were living on high cotton............. NOT!!!!!

    But we soon learned how to make it last the whole month.

    Well, maybe not soon, but eventually we could have some left at the end of the month.

    Hauxfan!
     
  7. ebsurveyor

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    I think $90 in 1968.
     
  8. chipking

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    Not sure but around $138 a month strikes a cord. The one thing I remember most was my first tour in Viet Nam I had a $100 a month allotment taken out for my wife. Until my Combat Pay started I was receiving $14 every 2 weeks (in script). With the pay it went up to $39 every 2 weeks (still in script). IIRC I still managed to find plenty of trouble and booze to get into and had a little change left over.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  9. senior smoke

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    I could make it on $139.00 per month because I was single at the time. Did not drink or smoke. I thought my pay was bad at $139.00 per month, and some of you got $78.00.

    I felt sorry for the guys who were married and some had children. Have no idea how they made it?

    Being from Milwaukee, my friends in my platoon could not believe that I did not drink. We had what they called 3.2 beer. I think we had Miller, and Hamms. To be honest, I tasted it one time and could not tell the difference from regular beer.

    While out in the field I would trade my 4 cigs in a pack for rations of spaghetti. I could never trade or get rid of the fruit cake that they gave us. The cans had dates of 20-30 years earlier and the fruit cake was still moist??

    I did try smoking, and a guy had me try a Old Gold? I thought that was the worse tasting thing ever. Most of the guys in my platoon smoked Kools or Newports I think. One guy was always being razzed because he smoked a so called womans cig called Tarrington?

    I was a company clerk in headquarters which had it's benefits. I passed a test and they put me in charge of supply and I picked my friends to help me out. Best job in the army being in supply. The guys started calling me Ernie Bilko as there was a lot of wheeling and dealing going on. Had some great times.
    Steve
     
  10. Bill Roberts

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    $78 a month. Feb 1965, Fort Leonardwood, Mo. ugly weather.
     
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    1969 78.00 per month $2.00 a carton free in SP packs in the bush while in Nam
    Ft Lewis for basic and AIT.
     
  12. partygirl

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    1968 Pvt 1 got paid $99.00 a mo. Full combat pay in Vietnam in 1969 for an E5 was $562.00. That was with jump pay, separate rations. I still have all my Vietnam pay vouchers.
     
  13. cubancigar2000

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    $78 per month if I remember correctly. Beer at the Slop Chute was only 15 cents a can ( colt malt Liquor) so it went a long way.. Semper Fi
     
  14. shot410ga

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    Marine Corps 1964 boot camp $78.00. Vietnam Combat pay $65.00. Later raised to $100.00.
     
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    $78.00 per month and then $81.00 when I made Pfc....then I received $55.00 extra for Jump Pay...

    Curt
     
  16. Sky Buster

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    Enlisted USMC August '57. Graduated boot camp as a PFC.
    Can't remenber the exact amount but I believe it was under
    $100.00 a month.
     
  17. G550

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    May 68. Craig AFB. Selma Alabama.

    Base $343 Separate rations $47.88 Flight pay $100. Add $100 hazardous duty pay and a $500 tax deduction in 69.

    Roger Hayward
     
  18. Gunn

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    When I went in it was 266.00 a month. When I got out I was getting E5 at 560.00, jump 110.00, haz 87.00, plus I was considered TDY, so I got BAQ and SepRATS for total 158.00, and 90.00 for TDY to total a whopping 1005.00. Cigs were 2.00 a carton at Class 6. I really had nothing to spend it on, I think I kept 35.00 and the rest was sent to a Credit Union at FT Ord. When I got out it paid my tuition and bought me a used Triumph TR3A. Tim
     
  19. shutnlar

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    May '66 Lackland AFB- $78/month Airman Basic(E-1). March '70 Forbes AFB $400/month Sergeant(E-4) at discharge. Oct.'69 to Feb '70 add $18 a day TDY pay.Carton of Camels was $1.70 at the Embassy in Rio. Fifth of Jack was like 2 bucks.

    Larry
     
  20. TjayE

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    Enlisted in 1956. Boot camp E-1 pay was somewhere around $70 per month. Graduating from boot camp as an E-2, the pay was $85 per month. Promoted to E3 with the pay of $99 per month. Also received flight pay which was an additional $65 per month. Flight pay was like hazard duty pay. E5 would receive more flight pay than an E3, etc.. Cigarettes were $1.80 per carton at the PX and $0.80 per carton at the Sea Stores aboard ship. I did manage to save some money and send it home while serving. Served from 1956 though 1958. Tom E.
     
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