I’m sure we all have seen pictures like these flooding our social media feed:
As much as I agree that our troops do deserve more than they’re given, there’s one big thing that comes to mind.
Say we were to raise troops wages to that of an NFL football player. Wouldn’t that make the job more desirable for the pure fact of money? Wouldn’t that take from the fact that that job is about defending our country?
I believe more people would be enlisting simply for money, cold but true. I also believe that it would take the pride from the job. Earning a purple heart wouldn’t have that honor anymore.
There needs to be passion and drive behind that of a soldier. Money corrupts people, plain and simple. This is how we keep our soldiers honest and humble. Yes, I know not every soldier is honest and humble, so please don’t comment about that. There’s not a single industry in this world where every employee is honest or humble. These soldiers aren’t out there because they decided “oh that seems fun!” (although that may be part of it). They’re out there because they love this country, and want to keep us at home safe. Money would mess that up. It would corrupt our army, and that’s too big of a risk.
I was going to enlist in the National Guard, but decided not to because of my daughter. Maybe if the pay had been that of an NFL player I would’ve enlisted. I also knew that I didn’t have that burning passion in my heart and it wasn’t fair to my country, my family. or myself to enlist