I am a school teacher with over twenty years experience with a Master's degree. I make just over 62,000 including healthcare benefits of which I pay the majority. With a rank of Major, given my experience and education, I would be be making close to 96,000. If I were to use an enlisted rank of say E -8 (Master Sergeant), I would still be making about 65000, not counting other benefits such as health and housing. Yes, the military does compare favorably to some civilian occupations, especially teaching.
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