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post #1 of 81 (permalink) Old 09-17-2009, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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It seems that everybody in the military have the nicest rides, so my question for the people in the military is Do yall have kids?
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Most that I know don't pay for housing or get a housing allowance. That leaves a lot of extra coin for cars.

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hell yea...if i didnt have to pay for my housing or utilities...that would be another 1200 dollars a month of disposable income


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Most who have nice rides are single and their housing is covered/mostly covered.

Pay isn't great, but housing benifits, etc can add up, so can combat pay.

An E-1, lowest rank earns $1,399 a month, or $16,788 a year, pretty much minimum wage. An E-1 is basically someone in basic training (and AIT???). Once you are graduate you start as an E-2 which is $18,816 a year.

I can't remember what all of the E grades equate to. I believe it is.

E-1 = Private
E-2 = Private 2nd class
E-3 = PFC
E-4 = Corporal or Spc.
E-5 = Sgt. $23,922 a year
E-6 = Staff Sgt.
E-7 = Sgt. 1st class
E-8 = 1st Sgt. or Master Sgt.
E-9 = Sgt. Major

Something to consider is that is starting, if you have a few years in it is higher, as an example an E-5 as I mentioned starts at $23,922 a year, but after 10 years of service in it is $33,732 a year.

Officers of course make more. An O-1, 2nd Lt., makes $31,866 a year starting, a Cpt. makes $42,480 a year. Again, all starting pays.

Benifits can add up to a lot, especially with a family.

There is also a conversion from GS to Military grade (GS is civil service pay grade, called General Schedule). Civilian pays a lot better, an O-5 Major is the equivelent to a GS-13. The O-5 starting pay is $55,992 a year, the GS-13 is $70,615 a year.

Of course by the time your a major you probably have a lot more then 0 time in the service, where as in the GS system every time you get a bump the calculation for your pay resets to the base of that grade (IE a new GS-13 starts at that $70,615 a year, plus locality pay. The O-5 starts at what his time in service is, probably 6-12 years which might be $70,000+, plus benifits like housing, combat pay etc).

At any rate, I'll just say with 5 years in the civilian side of things I make a lot more then pretty much anyone in the military would make after 5 years no matter how good they are. This is pretty much including all possible benifits.
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stay in school, kids.
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Military pay is GARBAGE. The number 1 reason I got out. I make a shit load more money these days and go home every night. The guys with the fat rides all got bonuses for whoring themselves out for another few years to uncle sam. And even then, they have to eat at the chow hall for free because every dime they have is tied up in that car.

Instead of being jealous you should think "Hmmm there goes another dumbass who doesn't have the skill or courage to make a go of it outside of government daycare the military"

Flame on, 6 years of active duty gives me the right to criticize them.

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The reason why I was asking because I make almost 30g a year after a job change from 35g. I am married, have 3 kids (5,3,1) and didn't know if people starting out in the military with a family this large could make it. I was thinking with all the benefits, it would be tight unless the wife ended up working. What are yall's opinion?
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The reason why I was asking because I make almost 30g a year after a job change from 35g. I am married, have 3 kids (5,3,1) and didn't know if people starting out in the military with a family this large could make it. I was thinking with all the benefits, it would be tight unless the wife ended up working. What are yall's opinion?
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Probably wouldn't be any tighter than it is now. I couldn't make it on my own on $30k, much less with a wife and kids. You must be good with money, good for you.
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Where do you live? Cost of living must be really low.

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The reason I have found that most have nice cars, is because they need something to justify what they do. I have been in nearly 10 years now and am an E6. I do not make good money, but due to how my career has been I have learned how to use it to the best of its potential. But I need something to remind me of why I work as hard as I do, and for me, its cars!
I bought my MS3 in July after having a very bad week. I have been away for 7 months, and nearly died. I was laying there that night and told myself I deserve something to repay myself. So I got online and bought a car I could have fun with. Its my release. Its my thing to look forward to when I return.

And yes I have a wife and kids.

As far as do we make good money. No we don't pay for housing, but our pay is much lower than average compared to someone with the same experience. I have 10 years experience and I supervise the work of usually 10-15 people at a time. Someone with that many years of experience with that responsibility WORKING the hours I do, in the civilian world, would make A LOT more than I do. But I don't do it for the money, I do it because I enjoy it.

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