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Don't know if this is true, but HELL YEAH!!!! (long)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 4x4dreamer, Jan 25, 2003.

  1. 4x4dreamer

    4x4dreamer 1/2 ton status

    Jul 8, 2002
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    St. Petersburg, FL
    Don\'t know if this is true, but HELL YEAH!!!! (long)

    Someone emailed this to me, thought I'd share it with everyone. Enjoy!

    On 12 Nov, MS Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show)
    wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise (s) coming service member's way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more than they deserve.
    A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought
    to get a bonus for this!
    "Ms Williams:
    I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GIs earn
    enough" and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this
    vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it
    disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and
    Accounting Service) and my bank account. Checking my latest leave
    and earnings statement (LES), I see that I make $1,117.80 before
    taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through
    Windows' Calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60
    before taxes, and $10,490.40 after.
    I work in the Air Force Network Control Center (AFNCC), where I am
    part of the team responsible for the administration of a 5,000-host
    computer network. I am involved with infrastructure segments,
    specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs
    for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C. area reveals a
    position in my career field, requiring three years experience with
    my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year, nor does
    it pay less than this. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to
    $80,000 per annum. I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.
    Also, you tout increases to Basic Allowance for Housing and Basic
    Allowance for Subsistence (housing and food allowances,
    respectively) as being a further boon to an already overcompensated
    force. Again, I'm curious as to where this money has gone, as BAH
    and BAS were both slashed 15% in the Hill AFB area effective in
    January 00.
    Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you have NEVER
    had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before
    you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and
    DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's
    lowest pay brackets off AFDC, WIC, and food stamps, I suggest that
    you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN, I
    leave the choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you
    make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you
    the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus
    giving you full "deployment experience."
    As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the
    spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones.
    Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how
    they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is
    gone -- obviously they've been squandering the vast piles of cash
    the DOD has been giving them.
    Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are
    perennial favorites.
    And when you're actually over there, sitting in a DFP (Defensive
    Fire Position, the modern-day foxhole), shivering against the cold
    desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't
    enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade
    whatever MRE
    (meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or
    cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some
    Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't
    nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and
    be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I
    disagree with most of the points you present in your op-ed piece.
    But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to
    say it. You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your
    First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily
    basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and
    people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a
    salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that
    would make most people cringe.
    We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because
    we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies. And you,
    Ms Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve?


    A1C Michael Bragg, Hill AFB AFNCC" /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux 1 ton status

    Jan 21, 2001
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    Re: Don\'t know if this is true, but HELL YEAH!!!! (long)

    It's been floating around for the last couple of years.
  3. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

    Feb 24, 2000
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
  4. fourwheelerjeff

    fourwheelerjeff 1/2 ton status Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 16, 2001
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    meadow, tx; in the boonies
    Re: Don\'t know if this is true, but HELL YEAH!!!! (long)

    good ole snopes, putting to death a lot of urban legends /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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