Originally Posted by lukertin
lol? you get free meals and housing for most of the year. To arrive at equal civilian pay, multiply your soldiers' pay by 1.3-1.4x to arrive at a comparable salary.
Free meals? what? Not even our chow during boot was free, we payed every time. We just didn't know because we didn't individually pay for our chow.
Housing? Single/Deployed Marines live in Barracks, which probably isn't even measurable to Base Housing.
As a Marine who is married, i get the choice to choose on base or off base housing, but guess what, if i choose on base housing, they take ALL of my allowance for base housing, i don't pocket any of it. So that leaves me with my paycheck to pay debt/cars/gas/phone/food/dependent.