- The Washington Times - Monday, April 16, 2012


When I read Joseph Farrell’s letter about the use of overtime to calculate pensions (“Don’t use overtime to calculate pensions,” April 4), it occurred to me how much greater my military retirement pay would be had it been based on my top three years in terms of hours worked.

My top year would have been approximately 8,000 hours based on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In combat and field-training exercise, a soldier is on duty constantly. Compare this with a civil-service employee who works eight hours a day, five days per week, totaling approximately 2,000 hours per year.

I can recall only one two-year assignment during my 21 years of service where I had less than a 10-hour-duty day. The geniuses in Congress who want to reduce military retirement pay should take this into consideration.


Florence, Ala.



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