Quoting Juliette:" <blockquote><b>Quoting lovinthem04:</b>" I don't hear many soldiers complain about ... [snip!] ... right in a perfect world... they would make more. But its not a perfect world and the government doesn't pay football players"
It annoys me too.
The military doesn't pay bad. It's having ten kids, driving a $30,000 Charger, and spending beyond your means that eats up your pay and it's not the government's fault, it's yours.
I get sometimes bad things happen (illness, death, divorce, etc.) but what I'm talking about are people who are gainfully employed by the military who complain, complain, complain. They knew how much they were going to make going in and besides, they get benefits out the wazoo that add up to A LOT of money. Hell, I didn't pay a single penny for my pregnancy or my son's birth. We haven't paid any money for his health since then except a couple of tests that weren't covered because they weren't totally necessary. Until he's 26 he will have healthcare and that's worth a lot to me.
Another thing, if you think you're not making enough money, you probably shouldn't be having kids nonstop while the spouse stays at home. It seems like a lot of the people I know who complain about military pay have three plus kids when they're only bringing in [say] $3,200 a month and that just seems dumb.