Recently, I started applying for jobs and started planning for my transition back to civilian life after being in the military for five years. I've posted resumes online at sites like HotJobs, Monster, and directly to companies through their web sites. Last week, I received a phone call from an unidentified number. It was a company responding to my resume that I'd posted on Monster. The company, who wanted to remain unidentified, wanted to move me out to Southern California to work as an avionics technician on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Sounds like a good gig, right? Guess again...
The company apparently sends maintenance crews over to Iraq and wanted to send me. The representative from the company told me that the frequency of Iraq deployments is roughly 90 days in duration with a four month-long gap in between deployments. The compensation for each 90-day period is roughly $40,000 (and that's just starting out), and assuming at least two deployments in a year, we're talking $80,000+, all tax-free!
I didn't realize it until a few days later after thinking about it when it became clear to me that to take that job would be immoral. Why?
Because, simply put, their are soldiers serving in Iraq RIGHT NOW -- some on their second or third tour there -- who don't make $80,000 in an entire YEAR, much less in six months.
I think I did the right thing by turning down this job offer. Thoughts?