53,000 Soldiers Overpaid in January

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    Not only do I think they should let them keep it,
    I think they should match everyone else with the same amount.
    I only say this because as a former soldier, I know how hard it is
    sometimes to live with the fact that trashmen/women make more money than
    soldiers. I'm a big supporter for our men and women of the armed forces
    not qualifying for food stamps.


    Soldiers who see an extra few hundred dollars in their mid-month January paychecks shouldn't spend it. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service made an error that will cause about 53,000 Soldiers to be paid too much in January. The Army will collect the funds from end-of-month paychecks to restore financial balance. Most of the affected Soldiers will receive overpayments of between $200 and $300. There are 316 Soldiers who will receive overpayments of more than $500, a DFAS official said. When the Army "draws back" the overpayments, it will take back the overpayments of $500 and more in two installments, officials said, to reduce any potential hardship for Soldiers. Those who received less than $500 extra will see the drawback in the January end of the month paycheck. Those affected are Soldiers who have Army meal cards, but who are authorized for reimbursement for some meals. An incorrect date entered into a computer database caused the error.
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    anyone else think our military is seriously underpaid?
     
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    Yup! (cept the officers....)
     
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    I think it would be great if we could get back to specialized pay
    by MOS. Never liked the fact that an E4 intel analyst got paid the
    same amount as an E4 who changes tires all day. But overall
    they all get underpaid.
     
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    Too unfair. Should an intel guy get paid more than a grunt that has a very good chance of get'n killed?
     
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    Never said that, I think it would be hard to rate who gets more but
    there should be some kind of standard or incentive for those who better serve
    their country. Not saying that we don't need people to change tires, but
    what we call "star MOS's" are suffering because people get paid the same
    amount to do the easy stuff, like cook, and intel guys find it easier to make
    money in the civilian world. Which later causes the Army to stop loss the
    "star MOS's" so the can retain them. If not more money, something needs to
    be done to help retain those hard to fill slots.

    On a side note, I know there are more grunts than intel guys, but we
    go out with those guys too. Tactical intel might as well be infantry.
     
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    I understand your point. Perhaps what they outta do is just make it so that certain MOS's start out at higher pay grades. They need to bring back Specialists 5th Class, 6th Class, etc. Then, for example, when an intel guy graduates from AIT, he should be a SPC4 for example and then a year later, a SPC5 so on and so forth.

    The only problem I have with that is that it creates two military systems in one. I can't see a SPC5 intel guy with 2 years in service "outranking" and getting paid more than an infantry corporal that has four 4 years TIS and, likely, 2 years in a combat zone....

    Maybe the SPC thing is what you meant before about bringing back the specialties.....
     
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    Perhaps what they should do then is, in place of "combat" pay that everybody gets, give "dangerous duty combat pay" to those that are more likely to engage the enemy.

    With the battlefield lines as blurred as they are these days, it is kinda hard to say that a cook or mechanic doesn't have a chance of getting killed.

    As for the intel guy vs. the mechanic, well, the intel guy gets a lot of perks the mechanic likely doesn't (air conditioning, heating, beds, etc.) just because you guys work under much different conditions. So overall, it works out the way it is just fine IMHO.
     
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    ya, that's what I meant.
    I don't really know of a good solution I guess...
    Maybe that's why there isn't one already.

    I never want to disqualify infantry. I think they are a valuable asset and
    should be treated as such. I just hate to see the military suffer for lack
    of skill. Everyone has the right to choose what they want to do in the Army
    (if they are qualified) but that's the point...We are running out of people
    who express an interest to stay in the more valuable fields, to include
    infantry.
     
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    Retention is still a problem, as for air conditioning, heating, beds.....
    I guess I missed that part of the job...
     

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