This “rant” about minimum wage, fast food, and military compensation has been circulating around Facebook for the past few years, one version can be seen here:
Other versions read something like: “Okay, rant – For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let’s do some math. At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 in the military makes $18,378. An E5 with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually. Hmmmmmm….. So you’re telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt! Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. I worked at a movie theater as a projectionist when I was 17 years old. I made $3.25 an hour. I didn’t bitch. I was happy to have some money to screw around with. I also knew that I didn’t want to be doing that when I was 30 years old and raising a family!!!!!! Pull your heads from your bottoms and stop being content with your McJob. Leave that for the kids who really need it so they can learn a basic work ethic and realize that’s not what they want to do with their lives. End rant.”
These “rants” are absolutely riddled with misconceptions and I took an hour out of my Saturday to clear some things up.
I’m just going to go with the benefit of the doubt that Jennifer Harris here didn’t do much homework (read: any homework).
So Jennifer Harris, whoever you may be, please do your homework next time you berate working Americans with a selectively miss-informed status.
User fastfredy1, a Senior Airman (E-4) in the Air Force, provided a great visual of the breakdown of his income and benefits over in one of my favorite subreddits r/dataisbeautiful. You can also see the income of a Major in the Air Force here.
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