Originally Posted by Cut-Throat
I don't think he ever made piles of money during his military career, but he is probably making up for it now. Nords probably knows what an O-6 pension is plus about $170K per year for a Congressman.
Guys like that never retire.
O-6 pay tops out at 26 years of service but a lifer-dog like him probably went the full 30 and would be drawing 75% of base pay. It's hard to tell exactly what he's getting now because of all the COLA adjustments from when he retired to the present, but if an O-6>30 on today's pay scale
retired tomorrow they'd be drawing $79,500/year. An O-6 retiring with "just" 26 years would "only" get $68,900/year.
Plus a COLA, commissary/exchange privileges (cost +5% & no sales tax), and lifetime medical.
Since he's still visiting Iraq I suspect there's also a disability offset for brain damage. But detecting brain damage in an aviator and a Marine, let alone an aviator Marine Congressman, is probably beyond all diagnostic power. Of course Jarhead would speculate that his brains aren't located between his ears, anyway, right?
Change of subject.
Hey, Cut-Throat, you might be able to confirm a persistent military legend for us.
Rumor has it that on Carter's first day in the White House he was receiving all the usual "Welcome to your new job" briefings-- where to find the bathrooms, how to make coffee, where to call for pizza, and so on. I'm told that the head of the Marine aviation detachment marched into Carter's office and delivered an impressive brief on how, in the event of an assault on the White House or any nuclear attack, the Secret Service and the Marines would whisk Carter away to a secure location within 15 minutes.
Carter, the quintessential nuclear submariner, is reported to have nodded his head and said "OK, do it."
USMC COL: "Do what, Mr. President?"
Carter: "Do the evacuation."
USMC COL: "I'm afraid I don't understand, sir."
Carter: "#%$^ it, COL, this is a drill. You've told me what you and your men can do, now #$%^ing do it!!"
Two hours later a helicopter finally landed on the White House lawn, where many heads were rolled down the slope.
At least that's the story. Although since Carter's still alive, the statute of limitations might still be in effect. But what are they gonna make your friend do if he reveals the story-- fly to Iraq & testify before Congress?!?