Pentagon: Soldiers should get paid more for combat-line work
- $225 per month paid to soldiers working in a zone with a clear danger of being caught in enemy fire
- $7.50 per day paid to soldiers in combat zones, which works out to $225 per month at a prorated rate source
» Those far away can make more. Hardly seems fair, right? That’s what the Pentagon thought too, and in a new review, officials recommended wages be increased for soldiers on the front lines — with more going to those in danger zones — as well as offering them more tax breaks on their income, which is already not very highly taxed. But even that is fraught with issues — high-ranking soldiers can make $15,000 per year in refundable tax breaks, while army privates would make just $1,000 per year. Either way, the topic is a touchy subject for soldiers — especially those off the front lines, who would likely protest a cut in pay. As a result, that’s not on the table.