Letter to the Editor

It has been interesting to me to read this series of disagreements over military/civilian pay parity.

Those in the military act as if their pay will somehow be reduced if the civilians receive more. That isn't the case at all. The pay increase for the military has already been set at 4.6 percent. Why begrudge the civilians receiving a fair pay raise?

Because most of the civilian workforce in the defense agencies is made up of retired or former military (the Veterans' Preference System works very well), I'm surprised that the military readers seem so bound to reduce what is highly likely to be their next career field. That seems somewhat shortsighted.

Additionally, someone said that civilians work for the military [Letter to the Editor, May 23, 2001]. Hmm, last I looked at the organizational chart, there were several civilians at the top of the executive branch.

We all work to defend our nation. Let us stop bickering over who is worth more.

Marsha Roepe
Defense Contract Management Agency

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