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Sometimes I wonder why…

April 7, 2014

Anyone ever suggests someone make a career out of the military. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud to serve my country, and if they let me I have every intention of serving for many more years (well, a dozen or so). And yet, every day we have more and more come out regarding the military, my beloved USAF in particular, finding new and creative ways to screw over it’s people. Be it AFPC changing the rules midway through a program, a passive-aggressive mid-management ADO dictating when and if someone can take leave or get intimate with their spouse, HHQ trying to Jedi mind-trick us into believing ‘there are no morale issues in the missile Force’, or a bunch of four-star generals (who make, at MINIMUM $16,072.23 a MONTH base pay, not counting BAH, BAS, and any other incentive pays they make that add considerably to it) say that ‘the troops’ understand and embrace the idea of a cut in pay and benefits.
Yes, that two years in E-4 up to the not-quite twenty and retirement E-7 who make up the backbone of the military (pay scale between $2,101.90 and 4,371.74 a month) is wholeheartedly in favor of the cuts you suggest, you over-paid, over-brassed, good-idea-fairy-struck genius, you. I have heard it said jokingly before, but I am fully in favor of attaching an E-4 who WILL NOT be reenlisting (make it a career-ending assignment if necessary) to everyone O-6 and above to go ‘Yeah, the yes-men are lying to you boss; the rank-and-file will tar you in effigy for that idea.

 

So, yeah. Not a chance in hell of me suggesting my kids enlist or commission. I won’t be completely opposed to it, but I sure as hell won’t recruit them into it. I’ll make sure they go into it with both eyes open if they decide it’s something they want, and I’ll strongly suggest no more than a single term.

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