Letter to the editor

I recently came across the Bureaucratus column from July 22, "Feds deserve equal pay."

Although I agree with the principle and theory of your article, I do have one point of contention. I do agree that military and federal employees should receive the same percentage raise for the same job, if they are earning the same to begin with. As you pointed out, many military personnel do perform basically the same job as the civilians they often work alongside. However, if you were to look at their paychecks, more often than not you would find quite a disparity in pay.

Allow me to offer a small example from personal experience. I work as an F-16 crew chief for the Air Force. A fellow employee of mine, one rank higher with four more years of experience, would often work weekends for a civilian contractor on base. They would marshal and service the few nonassigned aircraft that came in during the course of the weekend. His paycheck for those four days would often be 50 percent or more of his Air Force paycheck that he received for a full two weeks of work.

I do not begrudge any federal employee their paycheck, and I am well aware of the sacrifices they often make of family and appreciate the job they do alongside us keeping our great country running. But, as long as there is a difference in pay for nearly identical jobs, I cannot support or sympathize with identical pay raises.

Aaron Smith
U.S. Air Force

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