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Old 01-10-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Is there seriously a debate on whether it is base, post, camp, station, etc? Lol.
Yep. The original premise of the thread was military families receiving SNAP benefits so that makes it even more entertaining.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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Yep. The original premise of the thread was military families receiving SNAP benefits so that makes it even more entertaining.
Those things are just branch related lingo, to the layman, it is going to be probably base, just as I have heard the term "Army base" one trillion times in my life.

Same with submarines, to me, it is a boat, to everyone else, it is a ship.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:23 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I just got back from downtown near Fort Hood Army Base.
Talked with a wife of a Army Soldier.

She says that some of the wives of Army Soldiers are hurting, because they can't use or get food Stamps because of the Shut Down.


Really, all the money the Government wastes, they can't pay the Military enough money to not be on food
stamps?

So, I looked online, and to my surprise, active duty military families have turned to food stamps.
I served 22 continuous years of active duty.

It seems there were occasions when a military family could not afford to feed their family. I'm not going to try and explain the situation, it was for a variety of reasons. So just jump in and try to help out where you can...
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:24 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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We lived on a "Common Defense Installation" - Air Force, Navy, Army and a scattering of personnel from NATO countries.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:45 PM
 
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So does BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) not apply to Army posts?
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We have two, born in the last four years. Coverage is quite good, at least for straightforward births with few complications... but still not anywhere in the neighborhood of "$30 to have a kid."
Hmmmm. I have two kids. They were born off base, in a regional hospital. One required induction, and one major emergency intervention. Didn't cost a cent, not one single penny. I can't figure why you'd even get a bill? Perhaps you used out of network doctors?
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:53 PM
 
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As an E5 I made enough in the US Navy to begin buying apartment buildings. Before I made E6 I owned one property in California and another in Scotland. As a landlord I have had other servicemembers as tenants [Air Force and Navy], the Air Force tenants had a seriously difficult time paying rent. They were expected to survive on base-pay alone, and they had to pay income taxes out of their salary.

From my observations, there are huge differences in takehome pay between services.
Did that include hazard pay, by chance?
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Having served in the military for 10 years I don't understand this, despite what many civilians think I actually got paid pretty well in the military as enlisted.
It's very simple, you have E3s and E4s getting married to a spouse who doesn't earn money, and then having a bunch of kids all before their first 4 year enlistment is even up. Young folks are very impatient and impulsive.

Money is TIGHT for junior enlisted and if you make one mistake (debt, kids) then you're stuck until you get promoted to atleast E6
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Despite what anyone thinks, military pay is quite a bit more than civilian pay.
That depends on many factors. An E5 with a stay at home wife and kids in Georgia isn't going to be rolling in the money. However, a single E3 who lives in Japan or Hawaii is going to be making bank. Warrant and regular officers, they don't have to worry at all.

At the end of the day, its far more beneficial to just be an officer because no one ever got rich of an enlistment salary alone.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Did that include hazard pay, by chance?
Sure


BAQ,
BAS,
COLA, VHA,
Sub pay [or Hazard duty pay],
Career sub pay,
Sea pay,
Career sea pay,
Sea pay kicker,
Female separation pay,
All I received all of these in addition to base-pay.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... At the end of the day, its far more beneficial to just be an officer because no one ever got rich of an enlistment salary alone.
Yes, that is technically true.

Though over a 20-year career and including opportunities to invest, I observed some enlisted servicemembers who had much larger Net Worths than what the commissioned officers tended to have.
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