Two years ago an E-4 with 2 years of service was making less than $2K/mo. Assuming (best case scenario) that soldier had been promoted to Sergeant by now, the pay increase over each of the last three years has averaged ~$220/yr. Thanks for nothing. And, oh, by the way, this is a single soldier living in the barracks... and congress doesn't feed soldiers on the weekends. Kinda sucks to get a long holiday weekend. Soldiers must be thinking to themselves... "what do we gotta do for an extra $1000 bucks?"