US Navy sailors forced to take LOANS after months of late payments
Some US Navy sailors say they are forced to take out loans after months of delay in receiving their wages as they struggle to meet their living expenses.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which lends money to Navy members and their families, said it has seen an increase in loan requests in recent months.
A source told Military.com that the problems started when officials started consolidating customer support staff and secondments four years ago, leading to staff shortages.
The Navy launched MyNavy Career Center in September with the aim of streamlining services.
âThe closure of dozens of processing centers has taken this transaction burden and dropped it into a building’s value,â a petty officer told Military.com, who asked not to be identified.
âOur only means of communication with them is through [MyNavy Career Center, or MNCC], which is not always great because it is [mostly] civilians with a knowledge databaseâ¦ all they can do is search for tickets and give status.
Company vice president Gillian Gonzalez told an industry publication she recently helped a soldier who was gone without pay for three months due to an enlistment extension and an error salary.
Although his command post worked tirelessly to resolve the issue, the sailor ran out of money while he waited to be paid, Gonzalez told Military.com.
She said the relief society wrote her a check for $ 2,500 to help her.
âIt’s happening all over the place,â she told the outlet. “It doesn’t seem to affect one geographic area more than another.”
Some US Navy sailors say they are forced to take out loans after months of late payments, new report says
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society recently assisted a soldier who had been without pay for three months due to an enlistment extension and a pay error
It is not known how many sailors are taking out loans, nor how that compares to previous years.
Another sailor claimed on Reddit in July that she had not received any basic housing allowance for 16 months and had to sleep on friends’ couches.
âMy order administrator admitted ‘several mistakes were made’ when submitting my documents and that is why it is taking so long,â the woman wrote.
A woman said in a Reddit post that she went without housing allowance for 16 months and was forced to sleep on friends’ couches if the request was processed.
“Every time I go to the administrator they tell me they are too busy to check my status or call [personal support detachment] for me and that they will eventually get there ‘
She said she tried to resolve the issue with her chain of command, but was only told to “be patient” as her financial difficulties escalated.
âMy lease ended in May and I don’t have enough and I don’t earn enough to have my own apartment,â she said on the social media forum.
“I’m several months behind on bills, thousands of dollars in debt, and I would sleep in my car if my friends didn’t let me sleep on their couch.”
The pay of a soldier depends on his rank and time of service. A full-time recruited sailor earns $ 1,785 per month, while long-time Rear Admirals make up to $ 10,794 per month. (The lower number represents a Rear Admiral with less experience)
The salary of a seafarer depends on his rank and his length of service.
A full-time enlisted sailor recruit earns $ 1,785 per month, while a chief petty officer with eight years of experience earns $ 4,189.50 per month, according to Navy figures.
Naval officers have higher pay, with full-time ensigns starting at $ 3,395.80 per month and long-serving Rear Admirals taking in up to $ 10,794 per month.
The Navy also provides basic housing allowances, clothing allowances and other benefits.
Naval Personnel Command spokesperson Cmdr. Matt Knight said that while the Navy is required to process requests for a change in Basic Housing Allowance within 30 days, delays do occasionally occur.
âThe Naval Personnel Command and our subordinate commands take all measures to ensure that the volume of transactions does not exceed our capacity, but sometimes arrears do occur for a variety of reasons,â Knight told Military .com.
âThese arrears are resolved as quickly as possible to limit the impact on sailors.
Military.com’s late payment report sparked outrage online, with one Twitter user calling it “a disgrace to our nation.”
A Navy spokesperson said that although the military branch is required to process requests for a change in basic housing allowance within 30 days, delays do occasionally occur.
Some Twitter users were not happy to learn that the sailors were facing wage delays, with one calling the situation “pathetic” and another calling it “outrageous”.
“It’s pathetic,” tweeted another. “No one in our military should be forced to take out a loan because there are late payments.”
The late pay report emerged as the Nov. 28 deadline approached for a military vaccine warrant.
The Navy has a 99.7 percent vaccination rate.
Twitter user @CarlHigbie tweeted to Navy Sunday, saying, âYou are forcing the healthiest people in the world to get vaccinated so they can continue to volunteer to potentially die for our countryâ¦ So you DON’T even give them their paycheck? It’s scandalous!!!’
The Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.