Behind the Cover: The 2012 paychart


Military service is about honor, courage and commitment.

A little cash money for the effort isn’t a bad thing, though.

This week’s Marine Corps Times cover story lays out military pay raises that begin Jan. 1. Congressional editor Rick Maze outlines where the 1.6 percent boost for 2012 comes from, and what the prospects are for wage increases in 2013. The story also includes the actual paychart, a perennial favorite for Marine Corps Times readers that lays out the 2012 basic pay raise by rank and years of service for both the officer and enlisted communities.

The issue also includes a lengthy look at the incoming circus at least five Marines take celebrities to their Marine Corps birthday balls. I interviewed several of them, as well as dates like Kristin Cavallari, the reality TV starlet who will be attending one ball in California at the request of a happy lance corporal.

To check out those stories and everything else in this week’s Times, find a copy on this week’s newsstands. Or, you an subscribe here and read it online now.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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