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Will and I got married for the extra $1452 Navy pay

First and foremost, congrats to you Maggie for getting out of the Navy with your head held high and dream to follow. I as well knew Maggie. We were stationed together at our shore command. It is true Maggie was not the "model sailor", and at times her mouth did get her in alot of trouble. However, I can understand her attitude twoards the Navy and believe it was just. I was in for almost 8 years and have witnessed many lies the recruiters will tell the young nieve people who walk through their doors. We were all just numbers to them. Wouldn't you as well be bitter if you faced lie after lie, and realized you had been suckered? Maggie's story hit the nail on the head. Yes, there are many people who are married ligitamatly in the military and who do not cheat on their spouses, but they are few and far between. There are far more people in the military who are married for convience, and for the money. We saw it everyday, as a matter of fact before Maggie reported to the command, I believe four or five people had been busted on BAH fraud. She isn't the only one and will definatly not be the last. Maggie is a outspoken and strong willed person, and yes that got her into trouble. But she always spoke the truth, people in chain of command didn't approve of you having a opinion, let alone a woman with a opinon. I applaud you Maggie for speaking the truth on some of the issues of the military. This article wasn't meant to "bash" anyone or any command. However, if you took offence to it, perhaps you are one of those guilty people who is afraid of their laundry being aired, and truly showing the civilians some of the real issues in the military. The Navy closes a eye to alot of things that go on depending on your status, if you are well liked or a "dirtbag" depends on the outcome. You could have the most squared away sailor in the Navy who is committing fraud. Just because Maggie didn't fit the typical Navy image, people are so quick to attack her on her mistakes. Thank you Maggie for writing about some of the issues that the Navy has so blindly overlooked. This article was very well written, and I can't wait to read your NEXT article!
— May 14, 2008 8:14 p.m.
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