What did the Navy SEALs who cornered Osama bin Laden get for pulling off such a dangerous mission, Their weekly paychecks.
The estimated wage for a Navy SEAL — with over a dozen years of expertise and an E-7 pay grade — is about $54,000, in line with an estimate primarily based on knowledge from the Department of Defense.
However, all army personnel are eligible to obtain greater pay — nearer to 6 figures — with further expertise, which most of the members of the group that captured bin Laden doubtless had.
“Each of these operations is different, but we get the same amount of pay, so it’s fair,” mentioned John Scorza, MC2, underneath the Naval Special Warfare Command.
The base wage degree is corresponding to the common annual wage for lecturers within the U.S., which was $55,350 for the 2009-2010 college 12 months, in line with the Digest of Education Statistics.
“Also note that military personnel may have more extensive benefits and on-base housing,” mentioned Lori Taylor, a professor on the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. “But they work year ’round while teachers get 2 to 3 months off in the summer.”
Though Navy SEALs are normally extra skilled service members, the standard graduate of SEAL qualification coaching is 19 to 23 years previous, mentioned Lt. Cmdr. Fred Kuebler of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla.
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The youngest graduates usually make a month-to-month base wage of $1,916.10 to $2,325.90, in line with the Department of Defense.
Eric Haney, a retired Command Sergeant Major, is a former member of Delta Force, which is thought to be the Army’s equal of the SEAL Team Six. Haney estimated that the common rating of particular operations group members throughout the army branches is E-7, which entitles them to obtain a month-to-month base pay of $2,637.30 to $four,143, in line with the Department of Defense.
“But they’re certainly not in it for the bucks,” mentioned Haney. “And they’re in it for more than serving the country. Clerks who type on their desk are also serving their country.”
Haney mentioned everybody concerned within the operation did a “superb job” and it was the end result of “great patience.”
An E-7 Navy SEAL would usually not be on a ship or airplane lengthy sufficient to be eligible for sea pay ($135 to $600), aviation ($125 to $840) or flyer incentive pay ($150-400), in line with Kuebler.
Most army members, not simply Special Forces, are eligible to obtain incentive pay, mentioned Wade Ishimoto, protection specialist.
These examples, from the Department of Defense, embody:
$240 for hazardous responsibility incentive pay
$225 for imminent hazard pay/hostile hearth pay
$150 to $225 for parachute, demolition and different duties
$240 to $340 for diving pay for officers and enlisted army members, respectively
$521.40 to $961.80 for a primary allowance for housing (month-to-month, for dependents in some circumstances)
$223.84 to $325.04 for a primary allowance for subsistence (month-to-month)
Family subsistence supplemental: to not exceed $1,100
$327.60 to $759.60 for particular clothes allowance (annual, for enlisted members, not officers)
“They’ve earned it and they deserve it,” Ishimoto mentioned. “But none of that helps them in their retirement.”
Ishimoto mentioned the retirement pay that army members obtain is solely primarily based on their base pay.
Still, Haney mentioned these serving in Special Forces accomplish that as a result of “it’s something these people feel they must do.”