True! Twenty years in the Army puts me right up their with a welfare queen . . . only I probably get less.
I kinda doubt it. The avg food stamp recipient gets $5/day. If you've been keeping track of the news, up to millions of people recently lost even that.
Military OTOH, starts people out at $45k in compensation/yr as of a few years ago. People misconstrue this as meaning their check and think it's wrong. What those who haven't been in don't realize is that food, clothes, schooling, healthcare, legal services, month long vacation, tax free shopping and on and on and on are included in that pay. IOW, if a private sector company wants to pay a competitive wage to an 18 year old know nothing, they'd have to come up with about $23/hr.
Now let's say you retire as an E-8 at 38 years of age. That's $60k a year in base pay. With benefits it's more like ~$85k. Now let's say you got the median of that for 20 years. That's $65k/yr * 20 years = 1.3 million over the course of your career before wage inflation.
Now let's take retirement. You get half your base pay at 20 years if things haven't changed, so that's ~$30k a year. You also get free healthcare, shopping privileges, legal privileges etc. Let's call it $50k a year. The avg life span of males is 78. That's a cool extra 40 years of collecting $50k a year in benefits (again before annual COL adjustments). That costs Uncle Sugar another 2 million smackers.
Totaled up, for 20 years of gov't work you will have made somewhere north of $3 million bucks.
Now let's take a gal who worked for 20 years at the private sector factory, before her job got outsourced or factory got outsource...you know, those little things that gov't workers don't have to think about. Now, after paying 25% of her income every year to support yours, she has become eligible for that great welfare queen food stamp assistance. At $5/day * 365 days, she costs the gov't just under a whopping $2k a year.
Still feelin oppressed?