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Reader feedback: Advanced skills deserve more pay

RE: Army pilots fight for better pay, Volume 11, Number 17, May 2 - May 8, 2005

As a military retiree in the USA, there are a couple of things that I do not quite understand here.

First, Slovakia wants a "professional" volunteer military but wants to demote or pay them less than they do now. That's counter productive.

Also, for jobs that require advanced skill levels they do not want to pay more or offer any incentives. Slovakia has a small air force and its biggest competitors are and will continue to be the commercial airlines. That is just like here in the US.

We have had a volunteer military in the USA for many years and the way to fill the ranks with qualified people is not to play games with their livelihoods.

Being a pilot is a dangerous profession and people should be paid accordingly.

Jim Galbavy,
Virginia, USA

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