May 31, 2015

Something To Think About . . .

While Obama never mentioned low military pay in his 2015 state-of-the-union speech, he talked of increasing the national minimum wage to $15 per hour [a labor union agendum].

If that proposal becomes reality . . .

A hotel chambermaid &/or a restaurant waiter, who works inside an air-conditioned building 8 hours/day, 5 days/week in a relatively safe environment, if paid the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage would make $31,200.00 annually [plus gratuities].

Presently, an E1 (Private) in the military who works in an unsafe environment [war zone] 24/7 makes $18,378. But assuming that the E1 (private) gets the same proposed minimum wage, he/she will also get $31,200.00 annually [without gratuities].

Is it really fair to pay a soldier who works [technically is on-duty] in harm's way 24/7 year-round the same wages as a hotel maid &/or a restaurant waiter who each work in a relatively safe environment for only 8 hours/day, 5 days/week year- round? -Source: Contributed by Ralph/Author Unknown

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