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Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines: U.S. Military pay, Enlisted vs. Officer

Enlisted members and officers, both a very important and respected facet of our nation's military. Such doesn't have to be said.
I am however disappointed at the very large number of enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have never taken the time to seriously outline their personal or family financial goals in order to see just how limiting enlisted pay can be.

We can all appreciate the fact that many people live meagerly and don't need nor want much. Unfortunately, the fact remains that military wide, households of enlisted members are barely making it financially. Having to borrow from Peter to pay Paul.. outrageous deployments and a multitude of other stressors exacerbate the problem. That said, our military IS a volunteer force so when it comes to the bottom line, there can be no complaining..

There can be however, various strategies put in place by each individual enlisted service member to ensure (or at lease to heighten the probability of) life-long success. After receiving overwhelmingly positive emails from service members (and considerably a bit more from civilians), I've confirmed my suspicions that the greater number of the Jr. enlisted force, is not cognizant of the totality of opportunities that differ between the officer and enlisted ranks.

* I've also confirmed that the typical parent who has never been in the military, has little clue of the vast difference in opportunity and pay, between the enlisted and officer ranks. Very, very few enlistees have sat down and planned their future in the military based on information gained from actual opportunities available to them (as stated by regulation) vs. what the recruiter, television commercials, and other enlisted military members tell them. Relying solely on such information, is akin to throwing yourself to a pack of wolves.

Think about it this way.. Go to your local public school and ask your typical school teacher what it takes step-by-step for a kid today to become a physician, and MOST (not all) can't tell you.. which is sad since it is probably the highest regarded job here in the United States (to me that reflects poorly on the lot of public school teachers- how can you direct a child when you don't know what direction is required for whats arguably the most coveted/prestigious job in the U.S. ?)

* Same goes for getting the most out of the military.. ask a recruiter (Typically an E-6 or E-7) what it takes to become an officer and you'll find the answers very general. Start asking specific questions about constructive work and educational credit and they become babbling idiots. Asking other military members (who are not officers or who aren't going through the process to become one) is usually even more futile.

The point is that many enlisted members who could be officers, are simply "settling" for less when they and their families, could be experiencing, enjoying, and getting so much more in return for their efforts. More than a handful of you have announced that you're now "smelling the coffee" and have changed course in your military careers! For that, I am happy. Thanks again for your email! For your ability to take information, analyze it, and make an informed decision based on fact vs. what you're merely told, I am proud.

Teila K. Day
Richmond, Indiana
Panama City, Beach Florida
teiladay@aol.com

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