Originally Posted by SNR
I'm all in favor of the "a fair day's work gets a fair day's pay" angle, but have you seen how little servicemen and women get paid? My friends that I have in the military get lots of benefits (which they sorely need... healthcare and all that) and not all that much in salary. When you reduce the benefits, they aren't left with much at all, so they absolutely deserve more for the intensity and the amount of work that they put in.
And I would take that approach for any employee in any job. Either pay them REAL money for the work they do or keep their benefits. Don't cut into them.
Well thanks SNR for a semi-reasonable response. The "pay check" of a service man is the surface of the compensation as you point out. The benefits if you stay in for 20 years are sort of amazing.
I'm not in favor of cutting their benefits. I still don't understand the worship of all things military. They are doing a job. They are being compensated. They volunteered. Many stay in because the "real" job market looks too tough to crack. I get it is potentially dangerous.
I don't get why they are treated as if they walk on water. I'm very glad some choose to do this so we don't have to draft people. I don't understand how this translates to hero status just because "they served". Frankly its a thing that has almost never been a part of society until recently. During WWII there was a big surge in nationalism / military appreciation. But prior to that most people just served and went home to normal lives and that was it.
In the last 15-20 years its been like the political 3rd rail of discussions. NO criticism or negative talk is allowed about veterans in any context. Just seems weird, and of course such things are never allowed to be discussed with out shouting down the person making the comments.
So shout away or answer rationally it is your choice. I just don't get it.