According to this military pay chart and budget, military spending remains very high in the United States.
The U.S. military is divided into four sections: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Similarities between titles and pay grades are common to all four, except for the Air Force which does not have Warrant Officers. Also, in the Navy, the highest rank is Admiral rather than General.
A military pay chart posted online at militarypaychart.us breaks down the monthly salary range for each title. This amount is less than $1,500 to start with for a Private, Basic Airman, or Seaman recruit, all of which receive the same figure at this stage. The figures start to go up when these novices are promoted, but the amount by which they rise depends on experience. Also, the salary threshold for a most senior officer is the same regardless of which branch of the military one is discussing.
Pay scales are divided roughly into Privates, Seamen, and Airmen, all of whom must rise to their 4th title to break that $2,000 mark. From here, the next stage is a $3,000 barrier which takes only to the next promotion. This would be either to Corporal (Army and Marines), Staff Sergeant (Air Force), or Petty Officer 2nd Class (Navy). From here on in the increments are bigger until an officer reaches the position of Warrant Officer, if he takes on this role.
At this point, wages drop considerably, as though the officer is starting again. They rise slowly from Warrant Officer through four more stages. Then the process starts once more, with wages dropping at the point of 2nd Lieutenant. In the Navy, the second drop starts with the Ensign, after the highest order of Warrant Officer. Figures rise once more, reaching heights of up to $20,000 per month for the most senior officer in any of the four outfits if experience justifies the highest possible rate of pay.
The military pay chart is a matter of public knowledge, posted online for anyone who wishes to know how much money military figures are paid now and their salaries in years past. Reach back to the post-war years, around 1949, and compare figures. Access to these figures is useful, not just trivial knowledge.
Individuals seeking to join the military will find out how much they can expect to earn by achieving promotion in one of these U.S. forces. Also, students looking for research data will find details regarding this financial information, which can be correlated to historical figures they are studying so students are able to learn more about their lives and the potential hardships they might have faced (especially new recruits).
Along with financial information, there is also more to be learned by going directly to the pay chart website. Here you can discover more details about a career in the Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Army. Click on a particular class of officer to discover the job expectations and what it would take to earn promotion. Gain some historical insight into how these men and women have protected their country in numerous conflicts stretching back to the days of Revolution against the British.