Pay scale?

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JeffWentz
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I’ve looked up the 2017 and the proposed 2018 payscale. Both are quite a bit higher than minimum wage, for E-2 anyway. (What I’ll be entering as)
I have friends telling me that the pay is min wage? I don’t understand how when the new pay scales say completely otherwise.

Can anyone confirm what the pay scale realistically looks like?

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MSG Glenn
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@Jeff

I really haven't looked at a pay scale lately but I'm sure you'll find it via Google or Bing. They should also give what the pay is for extras like clothing allowance, overseas pay, BAQ, BAS, jump pay, hazardous duty pay, overseas pay, combat pay & whatever is applicable to the situation you'll find yourself in. The regular pay scale is for basic pay only. Add only a few of those & it can be considerably higher than minimum wage. Then don't forget that your initial issue of uniforms is free, meals are free, lodging is free. No utility bills to worry about, health insurance deductions or various things that civilians have deducted monthly. Only income tax & social security & if in a combat area there is no income tax. And speaking of taxes - there is usually an office on post that will help you fill out your tax forms. Just like H&R Block but free of charge. If you're very frugal you can spend your free time on post & take advantage of recent movies at the post theater & beer at the post enlisted club. There are many intangibles that will allow you to save the money you've earned. Most posts even have a post bus service to take you there. That used to be free. Shopping at the Post Exchange or Commissary is tax free. If you have a car there are do it yourself garages you can use for oil changes & minor work & there's usually a skilled civilian adviser there to answer your mechanical questions.

You'll find that you'll be able to keep a lot of your money.

JeffWentz
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Right!

I've discovered that the reason a lot of civilians seem to assume that you get paid minimum wage is because they don't take into account the bills said soldiers have/had. If you have a nice car, your payments are probably pretty high and that's always a nice chunk out of your paycheck every month. With nice cars come expensive insurance, another nice chunk of change.

I've always thought all the benefits you get through the military were kind of mind-blowing, you know? That's a lot of bills you don't have to pay for, like right now I have rent and utilities. Those are a decent portion of my bi-weekly paychecks.

JeffWentz
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