Whats interesting here...is that a special ops NCO can retire after 20 years...and go commerical...contract himself out...to make over $100k a year. You can pick your own jobs, and if you aren't happy...just walk away. Numerous companies hire them to provide guard and security help overseas. Its simply a hired gun type deal. Except for the extreme hardcord type who absolutely loves the military...no one else is going to take the military bonus. Remember, this is for a four-year type committment...so the bonus when compared up to $100k might not be such a great deal. And at least with the contractor job...you collect your military pension, and might only work six months out of the year at your contractor job...you can fish the rest of the time.
Ya got that right!
"Except for the extreme hardcord type who absolutely loves the military."
And love their country. Some folks like that do still exist, and God bless them, everyone.
You see, this is what is really bad about the Ted Kennedys and Nancy Pelosis running them down. Not to mention the MSMers in general.
As the other poster said, we can never pay them enough. And that applies to all our military, all our cops, all those folks who do the real dirty work that keeps the rest of us free and easy. But we can give them RESPECT. Aretha Franklin sang it best.
But when you've got the NY Times, John Francois, and Teddy the K, et al. saying that you are just war criminals, tortuerer, Jenjis Khan like, well, yes, then who would pass up the big bucks, and the lack of risk that it entails?
"The Navy is concerned about retaining special operators at the eight- to 12- year mark. "For those over 20, we're retaining about 45 percent," said Master Chief Petty Officer Clell Breining, the senior enlisted adviser for Naval Special Warfare Command. "The Navy average is about 25 percent. Where we're seeing the problem is about the 10-year mark where guys are making the decision as to whether or not to make the military a career."
"Breining said he had lunch with three Navy special operators who decided to get out at the 10-year mark. "I asked them if they were getting out because they don't like the Navy, or you don't like being a SEAL," he said. "And the answer was absolutely not they loved the work, but they are looking at their futures and looking at the money."