Friday, October 28, 2011

My Army Gear

          I didn’t tell most of you but besides being a Supply Systems Analyst, this position is an Emergency Essential (EE) position. This position is designated as “EE” in support of mobilization and wartime mission. I am required to remain in this position in the event of crisis situations such as hostilities or national emergencies until I am relieved by proper authority. I am also required to undergo nuclear-biological and chemical training and to participate in readiness tests, mobilization, alerts, and field training exercises. So we are issued items such as bullet-proof vests, decontamination suits, MRE’s (meals ready to eat) and several other things for field exercises.

          We are compensated for this readiness position with allowances such as Post Allowance which is pay in part for the higher price of many goods and services in overseas areas. There is also Post Differential which provides compensation to employees for service in foreign areas where environmental conditions differ substantially from environmental conditions in the continental United States. Sunday Premium Pay is also offered. In Saudi Arabia, Saturday through Wednesday is our work week. These entitlements add a 40% increase in our base pay! This incentive is used to recruit folks to this particular region. All of this is fine and dandy as long as we remain at PEACE!

Assalaam Alaikum (Peace be up on you), and as always,

All the best,

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