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I would say this is not a fair comparison because those in the military operating at, say, a middle management level, would have about as much chance of being successful in the civvy's job as a civvy transferring directly into an equivalently paid military job would be.Are civilian jobs with equivalent required skills and responsibilities also within the same relative pay? How much does a non-destructive test technician makes on the civilian side? How much does a mid-level manager makes in the civilian world? How much does someone managing 3-400 people and north of $50M in O&M make in the civilian sector? What about high level managements of large companies?
Our salaries need to be at the very least on-par with what someone would make civilian-side with equivalent credentials.
I've seen quite a few 'middle and upper management level' military folks try to make it in the civilian world.
Mostly, unless they are trades people (or pilots) slotting into directly comparable civilian jobs, they limp along on their pensions (thank God they have that income) while making various desperate, failed attempts at launching a civilian career. It's hard to watch (except for people I would describe as a$$holes, then it's hugely enjoyable of course).
Most of the time it isn't pretty, and a 10% success rate is probably about right.