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  •  I read that differently... (0+ / 0-)
    Even a Staff Sergeant with 2 years of experience earns less than the food stamps income eligibility level of just over $28,000 per year for a family of four. someone who held the rank of Staff Sergeant for two years had little enough earnings that they would qualify for SNAP?
    •  Some fairly recent numbers on military SNAP use: (1+ / 0-)
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      More Troops Relying on Food Stamps

      Military members and their families are using more food stamps than in previous years – redeeming them last year at nearly twice the civilian rate, according to Defense Commissary Agency figures.

      The agency reports that more than $31 million worth of food stamps were used at commissaries nationwide in 2008 – an increase of about $6.2 million, or more than 25 percent – from the $24.8 million redeemed in 2007. That contrasts with a 13 percent overall increase in food stamp use by Americans for the same period, according to the Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamp program.

    •  WakeUpNeo - a staff sergeant (E6) (0+ / 0-)

      Base pay with 6 years of service makes $35,200, with ten years $39,600. The author's number is correct, that an E6 with two years of service (not two years at that rank) would make $28,300. I think the official pay scale (not the amount of pay) is somewhat of a relic back to Vietnam. At that time we had two schools where soldiers could accelerate rank, the traditional Officers Candidate School where graduates would be commissioned as second lieutenants, and a sergeants school, that was half as long as OCS, and graduates would be given the rank of sergeant, E5. People who went through sergeant's school could be an E6 in two years. That accelerated program ended as the Vietnam War wound down and no longer exists.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:50:45 PM PST

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