I seem to remember that when military gets replaced by civilians, civilians are paid a lot more.
Wrong! First of all civilians don’t get 30 days off a year. They get 12. Secondly, they pay health costs, retirement costs, and other stuff that military do not. A military person we pay for the rest of their lives. A government worker pays into their own retirement and health cost so in the end definitely cheaper.
Most military don’t stay in 20 years, so we don’t pay for their health costs forever.
I have nothing against civilian workers at all, I’m sure in some circumstances it’s justified, but from my own experience I’ve seen clear examples of civilians getting paid at least twice as much as someone offbase would make doing the same kind of work. Mainly in food service and in landscaping type work.
I know the military doesn’t have the manpower to do many “menial” type jobs anymore but from what I’ve seen, whomever is in charge of contracting civilian jobs has to be on some serious medications.
I do know that it would be very easy to overpay people when it’s someone elses money you’re dealing with, which is what happens in far to many situations.