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in Iraq.

That is the basic combat pay for many of the soldiers. Civilian are basically starting at that level are going up from there.

There are about 30 attacks daily on our troops in Iraq. If you were a soldier would you go there for the money?

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Hold on, I have to ask where did you get your information from regarding this? I can assure you that the average soldier is not making $100,000 for 12 months in a combat zone. How about $30K to $50K max. I can tell you first hand having served in a combat zone, I didn't make anywhere near that much. Now I'm talking about the foot soldiers privates, Specialists, Airmen, and NCO (Non-Commissioned Officers).
The benefits include, hazardous duty pay, special duty pay, FAS (Family Seperation Pay, if you have one) and federal tax exemption.
Each of these, except tax exemption have caps on them. Hazardous duty maxes out at about $100 a month. Not much if you ask me.


Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
I put a number of bits of information together, 1) a friend of mine told me her brother pulled strings in order to get into Iraq because her was going to make in excesss of $100K. 2) I heard on Tom Joyner a listener tell of her personal situation where she had the opportunity to go to Iraq as a civilian and she was going to make $100K. 3) I took information, loosely gathered from congressional black caucus forum on Iraq (87 billion request), NPR, and other news sources, with respect to military deployment in Iraq, and the funding for them. Then applied a rational round number.

It is responsible speculation based on reliable information. However, if you really want to know, one of the members of the congressional black caucus is on the budget committee,(I forgot who) but if you contact him he could give you exact figures.

Regard less for the exact/actual figure, for $100K would you go to Iraq to fight?


(I'll get the exact figures ASAP)

This is from the Appropriations Committee just for the 87 billion not for full 12 months. Budget for $87B

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[This message was edited by Our Empowerment on October 24, 2003 at 12:49 PM.]
Ok, here are the critical numbers.

As per the congressional budget - $18 billion for all armed forces (just out of the $87B)personnel
120,000 troop rotation in Iraq

Avg $150K per troop member, again this is not for 12 months more money will be asked for in the near future.

Let me put it this way, if you know anyone in the military in Iraq they should be making $100k or more because the money was requested, approved and is there.
Ok wow! Having been in a combat zone during what was considered the Gulf War, I know plenty of military personnel who would indeed do it AND would reenlist based on the tax exemption status. I wouldn't and I didn't. I was blessed enough to have my enlistment come to an end just before this thing jumped off. I opted for the seperation. Thanks for listing the facts related to this situation, but I'm really curious about how much exactly is going to be going to the soldiers and not things like MWR, Mess Hall, etc. Having served in the military for 8 years, I know for a fact that the gov't will tell you that you made for example 30K, but they include the free medical, housing costs (even if you live in a dorm). This has appeared on my taxes and a summary of benefits which the government sends to military personnel every year. I'm not saying that the money will not be spent, all I'm saying is that the soldiers shouldn't expect to take home $100K in actual dollars. That's how the military works from my experiences in the former Yugoslavia and the Gulf War.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
You are right Yssys, I was a Air Force Officer who got out in 1986 and even back then once a year I got a paper showing what I was actually making. Of course what you actually bring home is completely different. Their numbers did include your free medical, free housing and free utilities.

The rational is that if you had to pay these things yourself and Uncle Sam gave you a salary big enough to pay them that's where they got their numbers. Working as an Army Civilian doing hazardous duty along side soldiers, I can tell you that hazard duty pay which includes combat amounts to 100.00 dollars per month.
I assure you that the GI's in Iraq are not making $100,000. Members of Congress don't make much more than that. To this point though, did you see that awhile back Bush reduced the allocation for combat pay for the military? Roll Eyes

I can't wait for OCatchings to see this one! brosmile


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