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Genevieve Van Voorhis

Remember when the US Army debunked that Captain America theory? The one about Capt. Steve Rogers being owed back pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million? Well, another math whiz and reddit user, jdjimbo, has crunched the numbers one more time and gotten an updated figure: $4.1 million — or more.

Almost makes you feel like dancing, doesn't it?

jdjimbo broke it down like this:


-Based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline and character
-Military regulation requires that service members captured or reported as MIA continue to be promoted. Officer promotions are determined by time in service and time in grade. Since time in grade requirements weren't really a determining factor for promotion back in WWII/Korea, dates of rank were estimated very conservatively, based on average dates of promotion of more well-known WWII, and post-WWII veterans: GEN Bernard Rogers, LTG Hal Moore, GEN Fred Weyand, COL David Hackworth, GEN John Vessey Jr.
The truth is that with his fame as a war hero, and his work with the OSS, Rogers would likely have promoted faster than most of his peers, especially after the invasion of Europe began.
-Since the military service is limited by Congress from more than 25% of active generals being 3 and 4 star, Rogers’s promotion potential would be limited to 2 star, or Major General


-If Rogers wasn't limited to the 2-star level, his backpay could be substantially more. In 2010 the pay difference between 2 and 4 star would've been $60,000 annually
-Service members declared Missing In Action (MIA) are entitled to sell leave they couldn’t take. The Army would have to determine if the policy was retroactive or only applicable from when it was enacted. This could amount up to another $300,000
-The Army would have to determine if Rogers was eligible for housing allowance based on his Brooklyn Home of Record (HOR) when Basic Allowance for Housing replaced Basic Allowance for Quarters in 1998. This could amount up to another $180,000
-I did not include Hostile Fire pay, aka Combat pay, nor Imminent Danger pay — these didn't exist in 1943, so the Army would have to determine if Rogers's would be entitled to them based on the fact he would've been receiving them had they been in place when he went MIA. This could amount up to another $150,000
-Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) is assumed from 50-62. Hazardous duty pay is assumed from 46-70
-I could not find a date that the 10% foreign duty pay was rescinded; however, I know it hasn’t existed in decades. This column is hidden (didn't amount to much)
-I did not calculate annual pay raises in the month they were effective, nor did I include mid-year increases (I just skipped to the next year)


So assuming that Capt. Steve Rogers started in 1943 at the rank of captain, with an annual income of $4,187.00, and would have been promoted up through the ranks until 2-star Major General with a pay increase each year and with each rank, the grand total owed would be $4,121,849.52 at least.

Given his most recent clash with the US government over the Sokovia Accords, he's probably not in good enough standing to collect at the moment. But I'm sure a cool 4 million would come in handy right about now.

Do you think that Captain America should get $4+ million in backpay?

Source: jdjimbo via Reddit


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