Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

MILITARY: Reservists’ viewpoint missing

Letter by Edward A. Wood, University Place on July 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | 16 Comments »
July 5, 2012 2:29 pm

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.”

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.