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The War inside the Military In the midst of the war on terrorism the United States is increasingly depending on its military men and women President Bush Congress and the American Press have heaped richly deserved praise on the military and they should It has been thirty years since the United States drafted men into the service The United States Military is now a professional all- volunteer force However in spite of their importance to the security of the United States the United States soldier is underpaid for his work compared to workers in the private sector of the country According to the 2003 Military Pay Chart a private E1 in the Army earns 106470 a month before taxes are taken out That figure is low compared to what someone in the private sector can earn The private sector is protected by the United States Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act FLSA which currently sets the minimum wage at 515 an hour United States 3 The United States soldier is an exception to this act and is not covered by the rules and regulations of the FLSA United States1 In addition the FLSA requires employers to pay covered workers not less than one-half times their regular rates for all hours worked in excess of forty hours in a work week United States3 If a person in the private sector works fifty hours a week at minimum wage they would earn 127250 a month The Private E1 in the Army still earns 106470 a month regardless of how many hours the soldier has worked Due to low pay there is a true deficit in the soldiers quality of life when he is deployed Jill Labbe a writer for the Star Telegram reported in her article Another Military instance of hurry up and wait that George Bush repeatedly told the servicemen and women that they were under-paid and over-deployed Currently
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