Ok, if you dont want to read my rant, save time and just scroll down to the point. (Ill never know...)
Im not just saying this because there are people on this site who are in the Army, Navy, or whatever, its an idea I have had for a while now.
I have always loved the armed forces, in particular, the Royal Navy. I applied to join while I was at school and didint get in as I have had open heart surgery (It was always unlikely, but I tried.) Still to this day, I have the upmost respect for anybody serving or who has served, in ANY of the forces. They are the best in the world at what they do. In my eyes, ANYONE who has been on the front line ANYWHERE, to a man, is a hero. I mean it.
They are the ones out in Afgan, Iraq, The Falklands, wherever the $hit is, fighting for our great nation. And dont forget, there are 16 / 17 year old BOYS out there, GETTING SHOT AT for what, sometimes £35, £40 a day!
Ok, so its their job. Im not disputing that, I just think they have balls of steel and it should be respected, not shunned. What really gets me is you hear storys of lads coming home from a 6 month tour, going to the pub, and getting $hit off benefit stealing chavs in fake Stone Island jumpers. Its just not right.
My Idea wont solve the problems in any way, It would just give the people who are on the front line, something to remind them that SOME of us are behind them 100% and DO have respect for what they are doing, while we.... watch the news, go Mcdonalds, clean the car, shag the missus, whatever. They are there working very hard, in all weathers, outnumberd, getting blown up and killed. For peanuts. (a trolley dolly on a train earns more than some of them, whats that all about!?)
My Idea (you ignorant bar steward! LOL)
Say, at the minute, I pay 24% of my wages to N.I and Tax (this cant be FAR off the correct amount) I would happily, no questions asked, take that to 29/30% if it was guaranteed that the extra 5/6% went to the ladies/gents serving on the front line. Not to the jokers living it up miles away from the enemy, but the people who are on patrol, taking buildings, and generally risking their lives!
If enough people did this it could really increase their take home (and moralle) its not a lot to give and do you not think they have earned it?
Will prob never happen, but given the choice, I would "tick the box". Would you?