MIL How much a soldier earns in a year?

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  1. Alphonse

    Alphonse New Member

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    THe reason I aks this question is because one of my friends say her earn 20,000 a year and I think this is too low if you are putting your life on the line.
     
  2. BillyJackNCoke

    BillyJackNCoke I've got something to say, I raped your mother tod

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    not enough.
     
  3. PlutoBHG

    PlutoBHG New Member

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    majority of us are underpayed
    some of us are overpayed though...
     
  4. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Don't forget overpaid
    and its brother underpaid.
     
  5. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    The below is just for the AF, but each service is very similar.
    Seriously, if you just account for my taxable income, I make as a 4 year E-4: $23,230.80
    Because I do not live in the dorms or barracks, I qualify for Basic Allowance for Substance (BAS) in the amount of $~270. This offsets my costs to feed myself at the chow hall.
    Because I do not live in government housing, I qualify for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) in the amount of $1033. This amount varies from place to place according to the cost of living.
    BAS and BAH are not taxable.
    They raise my gross income to: $~38866.80.
    Remember my taxable income stays at $23,230.80 and I have a child so I can qualify for EIC and CTC come tax time.
    I do not have to pay for health insurance for myself. All necessary health insurance for my family is covered with the exception of dental, which costs me $11 a month.

    Seriously, I think sometimes people in the military live at their means instead of below them. Anyone can live at their means given any amount of annual income. If someone is making only $20K a year outside of the military, then yes that is not a large sum of money AFTER taxes, housing, transportation, food, etc. If someone is making $20K in the military, and housing, food, and insurance are paid for then you have a lot of left over income. Instead of investing or saving, they tend to buy new cars, computers, big screens, and the newest Xbox360 titles.

    Of course if you add dependants then the equation changes, but you should still be able to stay in the green if you make conservative choices, and live below your means.
     
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    good fucking post man......hit the nail on the head
     
  7. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I think it is the anticipation of SSgt. Then I can go around like Capt Smedley and tackle people. :mammoru:
     
  8. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    :h5:
     
  9. PlutoBHG

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    how many people do you know that make 20k a year in the civilian world and can afford to live somewhere and have insurance and a car? probably noone unless you grew up near a trailerpark...
    most people can work a fucking fast food job and have enough left over to go to college, buy a car, pay for a shitty ass dorm room with 2 roommates or even an apt and possibly even medical/life insurance...not saying id rather do that of course, thats why im here...its not a bad deal at all, but you cant die half as many ways as you can in the service and you dont have to deal with things like deployments etc etc...i think the average unmarried childless service member (the majority of us) should be getting payed (ha!) more
     
  10. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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  11. fintheman

    fintheman I will ebay O/T!

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    My thoughts.....

    The single people have more than enough money. If they don't, thats their fault. If you come in without any bills, how the FUCK do you not have money? Easy, fucking idiots decide to buy everything as soon as they get out of BMT/Basic, etc., and tech school.

    Lets take some basic math here for an E-3 with 2 years in.

    1600 a month......

    Have a decent car after BMt/Tech school (6 months = at least 5k in savings)

    Live in the dorms and have BAS chow hall.

    So....bills

    Car insurance = 70/month
    Party money = 200/month
    Cell Phone = 50/month
    Clothes = 200/month
    Gas =200/month
    Cable = 50/month

    770.00 spent out of 1600.00.

    What the fuck does everyone do with the rest of that money? If you buy a brand new car, your stupid, if you use credit, your stupid. I kind of got sick of all the Airmen in the dorms saying they did not make enough money. Thats a hogload of bullshit. Learn some decent fiscal responsbility......
     
  12. fintheman

    fintheman I will ebay O/T!

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    Oh yea, from going to e-1 from basic to e-3 when I got out I saved 12k. Had a decent car (2001 Cavalier) - Had a nice computer and a laptop. Built a system for my car that cost me about 2500.00. I had fun, I went out, I just flasked my alcohol and spent like 12 on a bottle of jack + the diet coke each night I'd go out and party. I'd go eat out from lunch with the rest of the group. I wasn't even that responsbile with my money, but at the end of the month, I always had at least 200-500 saved, even if I took a flight back home, partied, etc., went to Vegas.....
     
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    You spend 200 a month on clothes?! I don't think I've spend that much in the past couple of years on clothes...
     
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    ive spent more money on plane tickets home and the stay there than anything else in my 3 years so far...
     
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    How much would ur average officer make??
     
  16. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Look in the O-1 through O-6 catagory. No W's in the AF.
    Click me (56k go take a nap)
     
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    dont forget BAS/BAH they get and other duty oriented bonuses
     
  18. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    An US Servicemember recieves $12,500 in death benifits for their next of kin. This money is given to cover the cost of burial, tombstone, or services if the servicemember is not interred in one of the national military cemetaries.

    In 2005, an average police officer in the United States recieved more than $210,000 in death benefits.

    The widows of the firefighters and policemen of 9/11 recieved more than 1 million dollars on average.

    I don't bitch wanting to die, but some of the families I've met at funerals certainly have rights to recieve a bit more for their loss.
     
  19. mikdavi84

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    400K life insurance though. Kinda evens shit out a bit.
     
  20. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    SGLI is capped at 400k, it was even much lower before. and we pay for it ourselves. if i have to pay for insurance, i would not be buying only 400k coverage.
     
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    meh....
     
  22. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    It is your choice to pay for it. Opt out and buy your own. I opted out until the max went up.
     
  23. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    They do not get clothing allowance, and their combay pay is capped. Also they don't receive any other pay that E's get unless they are a CC or above O-6. This is for the AF, not sure about other branches.
     
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    I don't know where "most people" live but no way you can afford college tuition, a car, and dorm/apt on fast food pay around here (Columbus).
     
  25. c.a

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    can easily do it here. (small town oklahoma)
     

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