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July 20, 2012 • Editorial

Soldiers’ pay

“Citizen soldiers” in the National Guard and ready Reserve are critical to our security.

As recruiting incentives, the Pentagon provides double pay for days the citizen soldiers spend training (one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer).

A day’s work nets two days’ pay.

But if the troops are activated — perhaps for combat duty — they are paid at the regular rate. A day under fire gains them a single day’s pay. They receive some supplements, such as combat pay, but still take Login to read more

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