Re: “Are weekend warriors paid too much?” (TNT, 7-3).
The article may have been the result of a Pentagon review of compensation, but notably missing was any feedback from actual Reservists.
Should anyone have asked, I suspect that most Reservists would point out that they contribute far more time to the Army than they are paid to do. As a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, I work 10 to 20 additional hours per week, mostly in the evenings, fulfilling my obligations to the Army. I write evaluations, answer emails, develop plans, even respond to congressional investigations.
We are generally held to the same time standards as our active-duty brethren for most administrative activities; waiting until our one paid weekend is usually not an option. I also know many soldiers who travel hundreds of miles to their assigned units – on their own dime and without reimbursement – because they feel it is important to do so.
For most Reservists, this career is much less a job than it is a calling. There is a reason the military is referred to as a “service.”