So just looking for opinions, should E-7-E-9 be paid the same as O-4-O-6? In today's military Senior Enlisted leaders perform similar functions as the following Officer ranks, as the military has changed education is no longer a defining difference as many SNCO's have BA, MA and PHD's. Some SNCO's do 30 years but most do 20+ should they be paid/not be paid the same or at least in retirement?
Posted >1 y ago
An NCO with a BA, MA or PHD has the options available to get a commission or, depending on branch of service, a warrant. If that's the route they choose, then they should get the pay of an officer/warrant. Yes, as a senior NCO I did a lot of administrative work but I still dealt with the troops and I wouldn't have traded that for the political BS of the officer corps. I loved being an NCO.
Responsibilities are different. There's also a small word - COMMAND! Big difference in responsibilities, duties and jobs. Don't matter if a SNCO has college, good for him/her. If they want O pay, then go officer. I had a LTC, early in my career tell me I was officer material, I needed to go OCS. I replied to him - no. I was a NCO and I would not make a very good officer. I'm glad for what I did, and I got paid for what I did.
I don't believe so and here is why: I am a currently and AD CPT with 17yrs of prior enlisted time. By the time I commissioned, through OCS, I already had my MBA. Having said that, I did not have the same duties and responsibilities as an Officer no matter if they were a LT or CPT. NCOs get to provide information and make recommendations to the Commander and they make the decisions. And contrary to what many a 1SG or CSM believe, they are not Commanders (No disrespect intended, but have seen way too many who truly think they are Commanders and treat every one like a peon). If they wanted to receive the "extra" pay, then they should go the route of commissioning. I don't regret commissioning so late in my career as I am able to use my previous experiences of an Enlisted Soldier, but never during my time as Enlisted did I think I should be making the same or equal pay as an Officer. But most won't cause they don't want to go from being "Top Dog" to bottom of the totem pole. But the thing most people don't remember it that is doesn't matter how much you get paid or what your rank is if you know what you are talking about and can back it up. JMHO.
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