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  •  Why exactly would it be a good thing? (2+ / 0-)
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    Compare the military to other employers:

    Equal pay - male, female, black, white, brown, green everyone gets the same pay for the same work.  Oh and the difference between the bottom and the top - about 15X.  No disgusting CEO pay here.

    30 days paid vacation - from day one.  Oh and that too is equal.  The Chairman of the Joint chiefs gets the exact 30 days as the kid who joined yesterday.

    Full medical and dental - no cost share, no deductible.

    No sick leave - being sick is no different than working.  You get paid no matter what.  1 day or 1000 days, you still get paid.  No one in the military has to choose between seeing a doctor and paying rent.

    Tax free pay for food and housing - We have this novel notion that what it costs to hit the bottom of your Maslow should be untaxed.

    REAL retirement with a defined benefit plan that fully vests at 20 years along with a defined contribution plan that has the lowest fees in the industry.  And retirement includes medical and dental for life.

    Education benefits - $4500 a year in tuition assistance from day one until retirement.  Multiple additional programs for education.  I spent 18 months getting a Masters and not only did it not cost me a dime I got paid my regular pay the entire time.

    Skills training - I have spent roughly 1 year out of 4 in some kind of formal training.  We invest in people.

    Name ONE civilian company that has all this.  You cant because they dont exist.  yet there is no reason they cant.  They CHOOSE not to do this.  Maybe people join the military because it offers a BETTER future than anyone else does.

    Oh and lets not sugar coat it.  The OP was very clear that the military is full of uneducated losers with no prospects.  never mind he/she probably couldn't last a day doing what I do.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:36:43 AM PST

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    •  hells to the yes, 'kat. That's career (1+ / 0-)
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      but in my day a lot of us didn't get that far -- I was peacetime Air Force when Warthogs were new.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:21:01 PM PST

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      •  Spangdahlem AFB (1+ / 0-)
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        first duty station.

        F4s and F16s....and Warthogs were pretty new.....man I feel old!

        It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

        by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:37:31 PM PST

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        •  Barksdale (1+ / 0-)
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          with a pair of tall-tail Buffs on the flightline infield waiting to be sawed up under the SALT talks.

          I am old.

          How the hell did that happen?

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:59:53 PM PST

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          •  Grew up outside Mather (1+ / 0-)
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            Remember being in the BX and the alarm going off and watching the crews hauling ass out the door.

            Scary times.

            It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

            by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:27:44 PM PST

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            •  don't be on a bicycle on Flight Line road (1+ / 0-)
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              when the klaxon goes ... ask me how I know. I was 19. No car.

              LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:04:15 PM PST

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              •  LOL!! (1+ / 0-)
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                bet that went well!!

                It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

                by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:33:33 PM PST

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                •  Not so much, really ... (1+ / 0-)
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                  the bike being the same shade of blue as the six-pac. I did need a new back wheel, afterward.

                  LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

                  by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:55:17 PM PST

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