*sigh* I don’t like talking about politics, I really don’t, especially not on here. But earlier my twitter feed showed me an image that stated outright that the minimum wage paid more than our military. Others stated that while this was not the case, it would be for a $15 minimum wage. And the idea that either would be true ticked me off to a fair degree.
So if you’re here to read the fantasy stories, I promise, this won’t become a habit. After finals this week, I promise to go back to producing regular content for my followers. You can go ahead and leave now, if you prefer.
Let’s break it down, shall we? Assuming 2000 hours (40 hours per week, plus two weeks with no pay or work) a wage of 7.25 an hour adds up to 14,500 gross income. According to goarmy.com, a private (as stated on the page, a new soldier generally enters as a private) with less than 2 years of experience earns $18,194 (though the website stipulates that the first few months of service pay will be lower, so make of that what you will).
A minimum wage of 9.097 would get you that same pay. So while no, the military does not earn less than the minimum wage right now, they’re less than 2 dollars an hour from it. (albeit before benefits)
While what exactly the minimum wage should be depends on who you ask, a big news item lately has been fast food strikes aiming to gain a wage of $15 an hour. That would add up to 30,000 a year. Earning 30,000 a year in our military requires you to be a Sergeant with four years of experience AT LEAST.
So… yeah. The minimum wage fast food workers want to flip burgers is more than many of our soldiers are being paid to fight and die for over four years… Albeit before benefits, and most fast food workers will work less than 2000 hours, but you get the idea.
I dunno about you, but I don’t find it fair to demand you get more money than our military for flipping burgers -_-
EDIT1: “Oh and your own argument about soldiers’ wages is wrong, soldiers don’t work a typical 40 hour week, they work much longer hours, so they get significantly less than minimum wage per hour.”-pynomrah
*shrug* Okay. But the point that minimum wage workers want more for a much less dangerous and vital job still stands.
EDIT2: So apparently this blog is popular enough I got a veteran to look at my stuff. Scroll down to the comment section see how incredibly wrong and stupid I am *facepalm*
EDIT3: More specifically, I made a few assumptions that frankly were dumb as hell. Primarily regarding work hours. Factor in how long a soldier generally has to work and it’s closer to 1 dollar. (The number was… 72 cents, I believe?) So yeah. The current minimum wage pays more than our military, too.
- GOP Rep. Joe Barton Calls For Minimum Wage Repeal (huffingtonpost.com)
- The End of Poverty in America (pjmedia.com)
- Brace yourself…obama says minimum wage increase will create jobs (smallgovernmentnow.wordpress.com)
- About Minimum Wage and Today’s Strikes at Fast-Food Chains (reason.com)
- The Minimum Wage and the $15 an Hour Poor [Contributor] (publiusonline.com)
- The Minimum Wage Was Once A Tool To Drive Undesirable “Parasite” Workers Out Of The Labor Markets (sayanythingblog.com)