Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops
Australian Navy and Army troops perform during an a 2011 airshow in Geelong, Australia.
May 8th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops

Prospective U.S. military recruits have long been told "Uncle Sam wants you!"

Well, Stars and Stripes reports Tuesday that Australia wants you even more and is willing to pay for it.

"The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomes enquiries from both officers and sailors who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia," the Australian Navy's website says.

The U.S. ally down under is seeking everything from submariners to doctors at ranks from enlisted to officers in all branches of its services and salaries can be substantially higher, according to the Stars and Stripes report.

A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with six years of service makes $31,946 while a corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force makes  $57,277 in U.S. dollars, Stripes reports. The difference is pay for an officer is less, but Australia still comes out on top, with a U.S. Air Force captain earning $63,263 and the Australian equivalent, a flight lieutentant, making $66,417 in U.S. dollars.

Stripes points out that Australia's economy, boosted by Chinese demand for its mineral exports, is in better shape than many other areas of the world.

Australia is seeking experienced applicants only and has a program in place to grant permanent residency to foreign passport holders.

Australia has signed on about 500 foreigners from the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the past five years, according to the report.

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  1. lewtwo

    They neglected to mention that the reason for the pay difference is the increase value AU$ over US$ for the past three years.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • gallagheria

      They also only included BASE pay as far as the US pay is concerned. BAH and others increase the pay substantially.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • qwedie

      The quote was in US dollars.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • mulatt00

      Looking forward to fertilizing the wives, daughters, sisters of Australia with my miscegenation spermatazoa, leaving behind millions of illegitimate mulatt00s for single moms to support with government handouts, like I did in Germany.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person of Interest

      I don't know if you miswrote that but it doesn't make sense. This is all based on US dollar values, so it really doesn't matter. They are trying to state a fact that the Aussies make more than US soldiers. You can say this is due to the AU$ worth more but they can do a COLA (cost of living adjustment) to US military's pay. They usually do, the last time I was they raised pay by 3.8% when inflation was 4.2% so it didn't even equal out.

      It's pretty FUBAR when the US will pay "contractors" an average of 100K-200K for 6 monthes but when they were in the military the year before they paid them them 50-60K for 15 months. Gotta love politicians though, they pay anything to secure Raytheon, Haliburton, etc. with contractor secutiry but screw over the troops.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. moofish

    Any americans be warned most american servicemen will be hated. We dont want americans bringing down the quality of our armed services and you may have to learn the new skill of acting honourably. Please stay away you are NOT wanted.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • aaron

      You sound like some of the hateful idiots we have here in America.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      Inferiority complex? It's ok. We get that a lot.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Jefferson

      Seems as if you should be saying this to your government. For some reason it believes there's some sort of deficiency at home.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Hey moofish- if the little guy on the right had another row of medals, he could be a Russian General.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • moofish-foolish

      Get over yourself! Our military is filled with plenty of honorable men and woman. Who is the weaker person; the military needing HELP or the military providing it?!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cee

      LOL! I served with your honorable Ausi military while I was in the Marine Corps they are nothing special my friend and act no better than any U.S. Marine or Soldier I ever served with.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba Hotep

      @moofish...you stereotype all service members, and hate without reason...how very honorable of you!

      May 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matchless G11

      Oh really?
      Remember the time of 1940-1945, would you have said the same thing?
      "These should not be forgotten years" Midnight Oil..

      May 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      We have some of the best soldiers on the planet, looks like someone is afraid of being shown up!

      May 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Houston

      We'll gladly stay away...Even as the Chinese overrun your sorry country.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good Old Granny

      It's ok. I've worked for and with Australians for years – most of them think they are Gods gift to the planet. The chances of Americans leaving to go there is small anyway – even if it is a good offer. Your inbred offspring of the prisoners settled there a couple of centuries ago are safe.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby brown

      shut up mate

      May 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris HOnry

      Spoken by the spawn of criminals who stole from the Aboriginies like a true professional tea drinking gentlemen in the closet.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus_Fenix

      Hey dude, remember that old saying: "One bad apple does not spoil the bunch" just because we have some idiots in our ranks, doesn't mean we are all idiots. I know first hand that the Australian military has a plenty of wack jobs in their own ranks. Every Aussie I ever served with in Iraq was a top notch soldier and just like any other human being, they had their own little idiosynchrocies too.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Mike

      I find your comment appalling especially since your military, your government, asking for better trained, better educated and all around the best in the field into your military. Why is that we ask? If the military of Australia saw U.S. military personnel, as offensive, crude, or dishonorable why offer to pay us more to leave the best military in the world?
      I know the hidden meaning behind the comment “American servicemen will be hated”; it has nothing to do with hatred but more to do with jealously.
      So “Don’t tread on me, Mate!”

      May 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán M

      Another Aussie whinger, still pizzed 'cause his granny spread her legs for a Yank and "cheated" him of having a grand-dad to sponge off of all these years.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I hate to break it to you, but the United States has the best military in the entire history of the world. There is no disputing that. There is a reason Australia wants American soldiers. They're the best trained and capable in the world.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoodleHat

      It's hard to take a person seriously when they insert unnecessary letters in words. honourably, how absolutely idiotic. Wasteful. If you're going to source your words from another language, latin in this case, have the honor to not add letters to the words.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lorri

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I think you have been hitting the pipe too much my friend...... You have fewer incidents because you are much smaller moron.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief Fitz

      You knucklehead. I am a retired US Navy Chief. I have been all around the world and been to many liberty ports and I can say one thing with great confidence, I can assure you that the sailors urinating and vomiting in the bars are much more likely to be British and Australian, rather than American.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Hahahaha!!! LIES!!! U.S. sailors and Marines are LOVED in Aussie Land!! Ask anyone who has been on a WestPAC.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    Australia has been trying to poach people (usually white and of British ancestry) for decades. This is nothing new.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aaron

    So who do we call? I'm in. I'm tired of OBOZO.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • John C from Long Island

      prepare to be exhausted then, cause he's going to win again in 2012

      May 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kathleen

    Why aren't Australian youth joining their own military ? Don't they provide the same level of training as the US ?

    May 9, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bruning von Stauffen

    Why can't they get enough of their own people to enlist? If things were as great as they say they wouldn't need to recruit from foreign countries.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bruning von Stauffen

    Other questions...what is the personal income tax rate in Australia? Will the U.S. also tax that pay as foreign income? (and just try to hide it if you want to keep your US citizenship) What is the standard of military health care in the Australian military and is it a lifetime benefit of 20-year's military service? What is the retired pay scale in the Australian military & how many years do you need to serve to receive it? What is the cost-of-living in Australia, especially in the areas where servicemen are likely to be stationed? What are the housing & subsistence allowances in the Australian military, if any?

    May 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oodoodanoo

      The personal income tax rate in Australia is the fraction of a person's income that he or she must pay in taxes. That is also the personal income tax rate in many other countries.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    I love how CNN does not get its facts straight about US military pay. I am a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with five years in and make well more than 31,946 try 60,000 with benifits BAH and BAS. Way to paint the picture that i am poor.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris HOnry

      Yeah, and taxes are much higher down unduh !

      May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Loukiii

    Will they throw in some tickets to see the Wiggles? I got out of the Marine Corps 10 years ago, but I'd love to go to Australia. They have some really nice people there, contrary to what the ass clowns who post on internet news sites would have you think.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pundit slayer

    Australia gets a lot of money from China but have to increase their military becauase of the of China as well.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tabone2000

    mulatt00: nggers are exempt from this recruitment...so don't worry only pure white breed will be left behind...

    May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob Loblaw

    Where do I sign up, at least their "leaders" don't send them all over the world fighting BS wars...or do they

    May 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    Actually i have read on more than once, that the British have the best officers in the world, the Canadian Militray is the best trained as they are trained to do not just one job within in the military but most (probably yes because it is more on the smaller side) and the americans bring the best tehcnology hands down to the battle field. Yes i am Canadian but i will say that i do appreciate having such an ally liek the USA to the south to help us when we need it. I will also arguably yes the USA has one of the top armed forces in the world. But everyone else brngs something a little different to the table

    May 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    and yes i should have used spell check on the last post. Sorry!

    May 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeremy

    I was in Australia for a year and a half, when you pay two to three times for EVERYTHING, the pay doesn't sound that good.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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