Posted on Nov 22, 2013
SFC Platoon Sergeant
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This question/discussion mostly pertains to the Drill Sergeant that work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week in Red Phase and 6 days a week the rest of the cycle for two years. The Army has decided in order to "work" on the budget...they will reduce the SDAP. I personally feel if they reduce the pay...they should also reduce the hours. What are your professional thoughts? 
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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That's why they give you the pretty badge and the cute hat. Those don't come free, they cost hours of your life you aren't getting back. That's the job though.
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SFC Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Operations Specialist
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Well, theyre not going to reduce the work hours because theyre cutting the sdap. Everybody is gonna have to work the same hours, regardless of pay differences. It would be a good thought to say Lets Work Less, but then they're gonna throw the "You are a Soldier 24/7, regardless of the money you receive". I just feel that the govt should get this economy together, so that we don't have to suffer more pay cuts. 
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CMC Robert Young
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SSG, if I may offer some input from the Coast Guard's world. Our CCs (Drill Sergeants) deal with same op tempo you describe for the three years they are assigned to the training center. The routine is supposed to be on station for a class followed by a week of downtime. The pace however precludes that from happening, and CCs work three straight years with very little leave of liberty; a fact widely know in the fleet. The result is that during assignment season, the special assignment detailers historically have a difficult time filling all of the open CC billets at the Training Center, and at the USCG Academy where Company Chiefs (E7s) are in residence to help guide our future officers. Everybody to whom I have talked expresses their positive experiences, but none of them would ever do a second tour because of the personal stress and family sacrifices. We haven't reached a place with USCG budget that SDAP is being reduced, but I'm certain that our difficulties staffing these incredibly important jobs will increase if the incentive is reduced. For those of you who give of yourselves so completely regardless of which branch of service, you have my admiration and respect. Hoorah!

 

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