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Old 08-13-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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I am certain that all O6s earn more than E6s.

I made more as an E5 than my Department Head an O4 made.
An e5 with 8 years makes about 3k per month in base pay.

An O4 with 12 years (the earliest you can get to O4) makes 7200 per month in base pay. That's not including the difference in bah rates. I don't see how you were making more than your DH when the pay difference is about 50k per year.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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An e5 with 8 years makes about 3k per month in base pay.

An O4 with 12 years (the earliest you can get to O4) makes 7200 per month in base pay. That's not including the difference in bah rates. I don't see how you were making more than your DH when the pay difference is about 50k per year.
Long time ago, I do not recall the exact numbers. That was the first time that I prepared an income tax filing for an officer. The difference in our take-home pays shocked me. Before that, I had assumed that he earned more than I did.

Base-pay was only around 1/3 of take-home pay anyway, don't fall into the trap of assuming that it is a major part.

I was getting: BAQ, BAS, COLA / VHA, Sub pay, Career sub pay, Sea pay, Career sea pay, Sea pay kicker, and Female separation pay.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Long time ago, I do not recall the exact numbers. That was the first time that I prepared an income tax filing for an officer. The difference in our take-home pays shocked me. Before that, I had assumed that he earned more than I did.

Base-pay was only around 1/3 of take-home pay anyway, don't fall into the trap of assuming that it is a major part.

I was getting: BAQ, BAS, COLA / VHA, Sub pay, Career sub pay, Sea pay, Career sea pay, Sea pay kicker, and Female separation pay.
The trap you fall into yourself is bolded in the above quote.

For the majority of service members, base pay is the major part. The plethora of special bonuses and pays you got are not indicative of what most service members receive. You just happened to be in an unusual situation.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The trap you fall into yourself is bolded in the above quote.

For the majority of service members, base pay is the major part. The plethora of special bonuses and pays you got are not indicative of what most service members receive. You just happened to be in an unusual situation.
Choose your rate, choose your fate.

Also many service members fail to get decent SRB payments. I never got over $65k for my re-enlistments.

Some will rarely see tax-exempt status too.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:46 PM
 
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I was getting: BAQ, BAS, COLA / VHA, Sub pay, Career sub pay, Sea pay, Career sea pay, Sea pay kicker, and Female separation pay.
All of which Officers get. So again, not sure where you're making up the 50k difference in base pay. It's probably closer to 70k when you add in cola and bah differences.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Female separation pay.

Are you sure it's not called something like marital separation pay?
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Long time ago, I do not recall the exact numbers. That was the first time that I prepared an income tax filing for an officer. The difference in our take-home pays shocked me. Before that, I had assumed that he earned more than I did.

Base-pay was only around 1/3 of take-home pay anyway, don't fall into the trap of assuming that it is a major part.

I was getting: BAQ, BAS, COLA / VHA, Sub pay, Career sub pay, Sea pay, Career sea pay, Sea pay kicker, and Female separation pay.
Most service members don't get any of that. Most don't get SRB's that you spoke of in your next post. I spent 26 years in the Navy and never got an SRB nor did most Sailors.

There is no way an E5 was making more than an O4. You seem to like to embellish the financial situation you were in as that isn't the case for 99.9% of enlisted military members.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Are you sure it's not called something like marital separation pay?
Just military slang for Family Separation Allowance.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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All of which Officers get. So again, not sure where you're making up the 50k difference in base pay. It's probably closer to 70k when you add in cola and bah differences.


Not all! You have to have consecutive sea time for some of those, so an officer coming from shore duty wont have as much kicker as an enlisted guy with 4 years consecutive sea time.
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