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Mercenaries Making Moolah in Iraq

Dinars anyone?
"Troops Are Demoralized Due To Unequal Pay
Soldiers often find themselves working next to contractors who make ten times more money than the troops. The average enlisted service member makes roughly $25,000 a year compared to a civilian contractor, who can make up to $200,000 a year. This is unfair. Considering that soldiers often struggle to support their families back home, it is frustrating and demoralizing for troops to witness such a salary discrepancy. Low morale can significantly reduce the combat effectiveness of these army units."

More here - iraq & afghanistan veterans of america

including the "fiddling the figures" of wounded & disabled - "Many soldiers who would have previously died of their injuries are now living with severe disabilities. Although media attention is regularly given to the rising death toll in Iraq, far less scrutiny has been given to the number of troops wounded, and often permanently disabled, in the war effort." In short, Uncle Sam is not looking after its veterans and this is already impacting on their enlistment figures.

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive how the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

George Washington

Reader Comments (6)

Just got our new NOOS (cable TV) brochure - this will give people with anti-French complexes something to get excited about - we will now have Al-Jazeera live in our homes!
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterOzzie
Shock! Horror! You mean reporting from the other side?
January 26, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Interesting article. Makes you wonder whether or not George Wackjob Bush will start talking about conscription and a draft if this war goes on for too much longer.
January 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
Once again, very, very poor reporting and misleading information. The $25,000 number for soldiers is for the E-1 privates. The $200,000 for contractors is for the highest paid CEO's. Many contractors are retired military and when you compare pay scales based on experience, they are comparable. I don't know what other contractors make, but civilian salaries are some where around $50K to $120K. Very few contractors salaries top $120K, and a select few make about $144. I make more then that, along with several mid level operators from other companies. What the reporting does not take into account is military benifits. On Base Housing, COLA, living expenses, meals, and travel to name a few. Contractors are mostly responsible for their own expenses. In the event of injury or disability, Veterens hospitals will cover the injured soldier for the rest of his life. Contractors have about a years worth of physical therapy. Soldiers have state of the art equipment, where contractors are limited to what we can scrounge on the street. Penny for penny, I know you don't want to hear it, but the difference is not that great. As far as the morale of the soldier being effected by working along side contractors is nonsense. Most of the soldiers I work along side want to be contractors when there enlistments are up. It does not discourage them but motivates them to excell. Not every soldier can be a contractor. The field is competitive and most companies will not hire someone with out 8 years experience. Just imagine if the reported story said.."first year privates are demoralized because 8 year Majors make more money" Same silliness.

Way to pass on nonsense and propaganda Malkie. Remember everyone, if you want to know about Iraq, ask me. If you want to know the different ways to insult strangers and spread discontent, Malkie is the man.
January 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJay
Hey Cockhead! Did you bother hitting the link? It's your own veterans saying it. I.A.V.A. I'm just passing it on.
January 27, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
I'm in Iraq right now,this man is right.Any soldier making 25,000 a year here gets to pocket almost all of that seeing as how they have no expenses except what they want to spend at the PX. And the missinformation about soldier being flat broke and can't pay bills is an outright lie.Last year my gross income was around 36,000,and i'm just an e-4 specialist.Add in the aproximate 600 or so i get a month for being over here and I am doing just fine, thank you.Anyone making that much a year gets food and housing payed for by the Army.So just saying soldiers make 25 grand a year is nonsense.
February 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter1 MEDIC

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