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MILITARY: Reservists’ viewpoint missing

Letter by Edward A. Wood, University Place on July 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm with 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.”

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  1. klthompson says:

    Righto soldier! I suspect we will not hear much from the lefties.

  2. alindasue says:

    One other thing that the article failed to take into account is that reservists don’t have half the benefits that their active duty counterparts do. Those benefits they do have, outside of retirement and education, are only effective during the time that they are on active duty.

  3. LeePHill says:

    As you say, Ed….it’s a calling. Much like the people that give tireless hours to mentoring children, coaching their ball teams, raising money for charities that serve the less fortunate…etc. etc.

    The difference is that civilian volunteers don’t even get paid for one weekend a month and don’t get access to military privilege.

    Thanks for your service, but you’re not alone in this country.

  4. Did the article also tell how many reserve and guard members earn less for the two-week summer trainning than the would have made in the civilian job.

  5. Did the article mention the impact on their families? How often they deployed? A link to pay and benefits? How about ‘work two days a month and get paid for four’?

    There is a need for the NG and Reserves, and some of them based on MOS, unit, etc have a challenging deployment. But most….

    Thanks for your service, but let’s be real.

  6. CT7 nsince when I you been real.

  7. I suspect we will not hear much from the lefties.

    followed by three posts from known lefties….

    Support for the troops doesn’t mean slapping a yellow ribbon on your SUV and supporting every stupid political decision to put the troops in harm’s way.

  8. It should be noted that the one disparaging remark about the value of the Reserve and NG came from CT7 – a known rightist.

  9. Now bBoy, it is not that CT7 thinks we do not need the Guard and Reserves.

    He just does not want to have to pay taxes to support them.

  10. X- can you translate your earlier post?

    Bb, without trying to be “disparaging”, you have no clue. I will take your word on university issues, but commenting on non-political military issues is beyond your scope.

  11. “and since when have you been real”

  12. beerBoy says:

    from the keyboard of CT7
    There is a need for the NG and Reserves, and some of them based on MOS, unit, etc have a challenging deployment. But most….

    Thanks for your service, but let’s be real.

    I never claimed to know a lot about life in the military but I do know the meaning of sentences. You don’t have to be a University professor to understand when someone has written disparaging remarks.

  13. aislander says:

    LeePHill writes: “The difference is that civilian volunteers don’t even get paid for one weekend a month and don’t get access to military privilege.”

    When soccer moms are equipped with RPGs and are detonating IEDs at those civilian volunteers, I will buy your attempt at establishing equivalency with the invaluable service provided by our reservists. In the mean time, TRY to get some perspective…

  14. LeePHill says:

    Aislander….weekend warriors don’t participate in combat.

    Try real equivilancy. No one, including the letter writer, was talking about activated National Guard or Reservists.

  15. LeePHill says:

    Oh and “soccer moms” are those that cart their charges to and fro, not those who volunteer to work with them.

    Pull that theasaurus out.

  16. Progressives support our troops, Republicans misuse them.

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