The availability of personal goods in the PX is as complete as any Megastore here in the US…Much nicer than what we had in Vietnam…[/QUOTE]
My nephew has been living out of a Humvee in the wastelands of Iraq for the past two months (and will continue it until Febuary) and PXs are hard to find there. That link is for a E5 and there is a lot of difference between an E5 and an E1 or E2. A single guy at a lower pay grade gets royally screwed. Having to pay for your combat boots, tee shirts, socks etc. while in a war zone is really taking it too far, IMO. Also, food in the chow hall should be free period. None of this is told to the recruits until after they enlist. It should be required as an overt disclosure before they sign on the dotted line.
[QUOTE=pipemanid;2173323]They pay a nominal amount for those types of services…Much less than anything you , or I, would…
These jerks we elect really see themselves as an American version of royalty. I bet if we knew all the perks they get every year it would be more than their salary.
[QUOTE=pipemanid;2173323]The conduct and execution of this war was pushed by a bunch of draft dodging armchair warriors…They tried to do it quick and dirty with too few troops…Hold the entire bunch of them accountable…[/QUOTE]
Whether the war was justified or not is a personal opinion. I would hope we can all agree that the treatment given to the soldiers on a day to day basis needs to improve. Also, I have never liked the major difference in treatment given to the officers as compared to enlisted personnel. It is the enlisted that do the bulk of the fighting and dying and it is also them that get shit on regularly.