- Sep 8, 2011
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Brother, I get how you feel, but the whole reason I have my job is its actually more cost efficient to have contractors do it. Contractors will never replace operational combat units in my job though. All you see is what you are getting paid. What the governmant is paying out to operate an entire unit is actually much more than the 167k youre referring to for active duty to do it partly because of the schooling and continuing training involved. As a contractor, they dont send us to school, they rely mostly on prior military training to do the job. When we deploy, we get 100 % perdiem at the same rate as the military, and that means any unused funds get deducted from our pay, which can be quite a bit because either you use or you lose it. Its still a good gig, but the selling feature is that we can actually do the whole job cheaper than an active duty squadron would. i cant speak for any other fields, but thats how it is where I am.
Yeah, in a whole lot of areas, civillians are much cheaper. (especially if they are from other countries ) Civillians are much cheaper in support areas, like cooks and stuff. What gets me is how the Army pays civillians to do all the little jobs that could be done with details. Like pick up trash. I mean, I get that the main focus of the Army is to train, but we've been going all out for a decade now. It's hard to get more trained than that. The crap that we train on is useless and so much of our time gets taken up by frustrating bureaucracy.
In the barracks I stay in now, over the course of 2 years, I've seen civillians cleaning the hallways 5 times. I kid you not. That's not too much, they might do it once a month and I just don't catch them. That's flippin stupid though. Civillians cutting grass and picking up trash.
100 years ago, Soldiers did everything. They built the bases. With all our problems finding jobs when we get out, I don't think it would be too bad of an idea to get some on the job training building a road, electrical work. You could choose an area where you wanted some experience. Heck, they could even have us work at the PX for one week a month. Civillians cleaning the barracks though, smh.