On 22 Jan 2005 at 8:43, Martin Burns wrote: > However, look at starting salaries for *qualified* commercial airline > pilots. A surprising number of them are on welfare... It surprises me that *any* are on welfare. That doesn't mean I'm disputing your assertion, only that I'm expressing the surprise that you predict. I would have thought that the $15,000 - $20,000 mentioned in http://www.fool.com/community/pod/2000/000522.htm are pretty much the minimum. That's 2-3 times the maximum to receive welfare. > And was that West Wing story about the soldier on food stamps entirely > fictitious? (Don't know) West Wing being fiction, yes. But there are soldiers on food stamps. "Of the military members receiving food stamps, 59 percent -- about 7,000 -- live on base and qualify for food stamps only because the Department of Agriculture does not take into account the family's forfeited Basic Allowance for Quarters -- the value of the housing -- as cash income. "Only 0.3 percent of all active duty members live off base and receive food stamps, DoD officials said. These are primarily junior enlisted military members with larger than average families." -- http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jan1997/n01171997_9701173.html The MIL top level domain is US government, so I assume that these figures are correct. The author is Linda Kozaryn of the American Forces Press Services. deke -- AmishHosting.Com Lots of space. Lots of bandwidth. Lots of speed. Lots of reliability. Lots of support. Lots of preinstalled scripts. Not a lot of money.