Reservists sacrifice a lot
Letters to the Editor, July 6, 2012
In response to the July 3 article “Review: Changes needed in Guard, Reserve member pay”: The article is a bit misleading, as drill pay covers more than just two days of work. The pay covers myriad tasks and responsibilities members of the reserve component must perform outside drill weekends.
One must not only look at charts and graphs to compare pay; all the sacrifices reservists make must be included into the analysis.
Many of our soldiers are asked to drive between four and six hours (round trip) to their units. We ask them to complete online courses, prepare training events and conduct a variety of duties throughout the month. That burden is even heavier on leaders, as they spend countless hours of their free time preparing for drill, deployments, training, and addressing soldier and administrative issues.
I believe most soldiers would be happy to earn a day’s pay for a day’s work. Where should we send the bill for all the unaccounted days?