How much should someone be paid to be on call to 24/7 for a minimum of 4 years and asked to be away from family and if needed, to go into combat and risk his/her life if need be?
Would you believe that our military men and women are asked to do just that, but don’t receive the pay you would expect.
When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, an E-1 basic recruit received only $1,399.50 gross pay a month. That’s a gross pay of only $16,794 a year for devoting your life to your country. In 2016, the pay for an E-1 had only increased to $1,566.93 gross pay per month or a yearly pay of $18,803.16 gross pay per year. In 2017, the pay for an E-1 basic recruit had increased by a whopping $32.91 a month.
If the E-1 recruit is married, their pay was barely over the national poverty level for a family of 2 and you know how hard it is to live on just over the poverty level. It’s basically the same thing only you’re not officially poverty.
After 4-years in the military, many personnel achieve the grade of E4 (Army specialist or corporal, Marines corporal, Navy petty officer 3rd class and Air Force senior airman). The monthly gross pay for an E-4 after three years in the service was only $2,267.17 in 2016. In 2017, that pay had increased to only $2,314.78 a month or $27,777.36 a year. The 2017 national poverty level for a family of four was $24,600 a year.
Some argue that military personnel get all kinds of benefits that make up for it such as free medical, buying food at the PX which is often cheaper than the stores used by the public. They can get free housing, but when a recruit is in basic training, their spouse is still at home paying rent or mortgage.
Many of you were in the military and let me ask you how easy it was to survive on your military pay even with the additional benefits?
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act. The $700 billion Pentagon budget provides the largest pay increase for military personnel since 2010. Sadly, the increase is only 2.4%.
This would raise the pay for an E-1 basic recruit to $1,638.24 a month. Sadly, it’s only an increase of $38.40 a month which isn’t much, but it’s more than Obama was willing to give them.
In addition to an increase of pay, the new Pentagon budget calls for:
“The bill includes 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which is 20 more than the Trump Administration’s request.”
“The budget also allocates $26.2 billion for 14 new ships, including three littoral combat ships; and flexible spending for $5.9 billion for the Virginia-class submarine programs; $5.6 billion for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers; $4.4 billion for aircraft carriers; $3.1 billion for Army helicopters; and $1.9 billion for 24 F/A-18 Super Hornets.”
“The plan calls for 7,500 Active Duty members, 500 National Guard members and 500 Reservists for the Army; 4,000 Active Duty and 1,000 Reserves for the Navy; 4,100 Active Duty, 900 Guard and 800 Reserves for the Air Force; and 1,000 Active Duty Marines.”
Obama spent 8 years dismantling the American military and in less than a year, President Donald Trump has already begun to rebuild the military. In today’s hostile world, a strong military is vitally needed, which begs one to ask why Obama worked so hard to destroy our military? Had Hillary Clinton won she would have continued Obama’s destruction of the military. Thank God we have Donald Trump to stop the destruction of the military and rebuild our national defense.