The military is not for those who wish to become rich. The number one lesson that RDC’s (recruit division commanders) will teach their recruits. At least mine did, as one of them, YN1 Perez told the entire division as he drove off in his vehicle. To this day, these words ring true to us who remain in active duty status. But, while YN1 Perez wasn’t wrong in teaching us that fact… he wasn’t exactly right. As many will vouch for, the military is what you make of it and experience can be worth thousands.
To clarify, I’m not talking about any illegal activities. Selling information and other types of criminal activities will land anyone in jail for a very long time, and military members can expect an even harsher punishment as traitors. None of this at all, what I’m talking about is the ability that sailors demonstrate when letting the entrepreneurial spirit flourish anywhere… even aboard a naval vessel in the middle of the ocean.
The average enlisted military member’s salary is objectively terrible for the amount of effort required. Servicemen are often the point of reference on memes arguing against raising the minimum wage. Yet, these arguments are unfair and biased. Servicemen generally don’t care about pictures asking about burger flippers making fifteen an hour when the enlisted military makes eleven on average. But, I’d like to argue these people haven’t realized how crafty military members can be.
Services aboard the carrier have terrible limits. Most of these services such as haircuts, laundry, food, writing, and even tobacco products can be hard to obtain. But, necessity breeds opportunity and it is when a few entrepreneurial sailors will flaunt their crafts. No matter what services are required, a sailor will offer it… for a price. However, while the prices aren’t exorbitant as sailors don’t tend to extort one another, it’s an opportunity to earn a few extra dollars. Stories of the past tell of sailors so desperate for some dipping tobacco that they would pay upwards to a hundred dollars for a single can. I’ve also heard of diligent sailors who made thousands by doing laundry for others and folding their clothing. A few sailors even go the barbershop route and cut people’s hair in the bathrooms for generally ten dollars a trim.
The opportunities are nearly endless, yet it’s not exactly something that the higher-ups approve. Doing these types of services can create strife, especially if someone doesn’t pay, as such the chain of command frowns upon anyone engaging in money making activities. But, many of them understand the situation and as long as it doesn’t interrupt with the workload they will happily turn a blind eye. The system might have its flaws, yet it somehow manages to work.
Surely Gordon Gekko from Wall Street would be proud of many sailors if he was real. The value of hard work and dedication can truly pay off. Thankfully the American dream is still alive and well among the veterans of the armed forces and especially these entrepreneurial spirits.
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