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  •  I think it might be relevant to consider the time (4+ / 0-)
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    of service it takes for military members to move up through the ranks. For example, no one in the Air Force is going to be spending much time at E-1.

    Also, I don't see any way you can look at the basic salary and get a real world picture of benefits. It simply does not reflect the entire package.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 10:48:10 AM PST

    •  The longest amount of time is usually spent in the (5+ / 0-)

      mid grades E-4 to E-6. And there are some specialties that get promoted much faster than others. It is also true that enlisted promotions come faster during war time. But don't you worry- after the wars have ended- they will figure out how to reduce the ranks- either by RIF or by reinstating the restrictions on time in service for various ranks. For example- when I retired an E-6 could not stay over 20 years- that was mandatory retirement.
      But when the op tempo increased with both wars- most retirements were turned down, no matter the rank.

      Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. Mohandas Gandhi

      by onceasgt on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 11:15:21 AM PST

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    •  Are all medical services still covered 100%? (0+ / 0-)

      Rhetoric has to be matched with actions. "Only actions don't lie."

      by allenjo on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 11:25:52 AM PST

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      •  unless you are a woman who wants to (2+ / 0-)
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        terminate a pregnancy -- which you can't do at a military facility even if you are willing/able to pay for it yourself.

        Or have a mental health issue you don't want on your official record.  Or want a second opinion.

        Basic medical services are covered when provided in military facilities while serving.

    •  federal guidelines for WIC (4+ / 0-)

      WIC is a food program run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets lower income families who might be at risk of poor nutrition. The program offers vouchers for certain foods — mostly dairy products, fruit juices, eggs, bread and grains, and beans — to help expectant mothers and developing children receive healthful foods, Williams said.

      Qualification depends on income and family size; housing allowances, post allowances and cost-of-living allowances don’t count toward annual income limits, though other pay can.

      Non-command-sponsored families are eligible for WICO.

      Below are federal guidelines for qualification through June 2007:
      ■Family of 1, annual income of $22,663
      ■Family of 2, annual income of $30,525
      ■Family of 3, annual income of $38,388
      ■Family of 4, annual income of $46,250
      ■Family of 5, annual income of $54,113
      ■Family of 6, annual income of $61,975
      ■Family of 7, annual income of $69,838
      ■Family of 8, annual income of $77,770

      Rhetoric has to be matched with actions. "Only actions don't lie."

      by allenjo on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 11:34:33 AM PST

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