The Hemisphere: Christmas Pay Raise

Just in time to brighten the holiday season, Canadian servicemen got their first pay raise in two years, an average 9% boost that will make Canada's lowliest enlisted men and its top brass the highest-priced fighting men of their rank in the world. Base pay for the Canadian recruit will jump from $87 to $92 a month. The U.S. buck private draws only $78.

Up through the grade of corporal (and the corresponding navy and R.C.A.F. ranks), Canadian enlisted men will keep at least a $5-a-month lead. Higher-ranking U.S. noncoms, and commissioned officers up to lieutenant colonel, will continue to average about...

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