I cam across this information in an e-mail sent to me. While I agree that the author (unknown) has a point, they did not consider the perks of being in the military, and those perks would bring up the seemingly low wage considerably. That is if you are in the military, you get housing, food, uniforms, travel expenses, to name a few! Still, a burger flipper isn't being deployed and placed in harm's way, so I do see both sides of this argument. HOW ABOUT YOU? Would giving into these demands for higher minimum wage be an insult to our service members? Or is it fair? Low military pay was not mentioned in the State of the Union speech. Increasing the minimum wage was. Hamburgers or minimum wage for those fast food employees striking for $15.00 an hour, let's do some math: At $15.00 an hour Johnny fry-boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378.00 annually. An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067.00 annually. So you're telling me, Latisha McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective butts on the line every day protecting you. 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, fun, and hanging out with your equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life-long profession, you have failed. If you don't want minimum wage, don't have minimum skills.