A Decent Paying Secure Job With Benefits, Retirement and Not Requiring College – The Post Office

One thing I’ve never understood about people with lousy paying jobs, lousy benefits, little security and no real retirement plan, is why they stay in their sucky jobs in the first place. However condescending this sounds, if these people at least have high school degrees, there is really no excuse for having these lousy jobs. To me the best job for anyone with a high school degree who is in a lousy job situation today with nothing to look forward to, is to work for the Post Office. I’m amazed that a lot more people haven’t considered working there.

True confession time. I’m a white collar professional with a College Degree who only worked for the Post Office one summer in between semesters and a couple of Christmas Breaks, and my comments are just based on observations I’ve made and a general knowledge of the Civil Service Pay System. You’ll have to do the specific research yourself if you’re interested in working for the Post Office. The purpose of this article is to jump start you to at least research working for the Post Office by making you aware of things you might never have considered. I’m writing this basically because I don’t understand why people stay in lousy jobs when they can do better without making that much effort.

Here are a few general things I know about the Post Office. Do not take these as Gospel, you’ll have to research these things on your own, but this should at least give you a ballpark idea:

1. You have to take a test to be hired and the higher your score, the better your chance of being interviewed and hired. These tests are given on an irregular basis and it usually takes a while to be hired/interviewed off the list. It is basically up to you to find out when and where tests are being given. You can research that online and via Post Office Exam Hot Lines, if there is one in your city. While the tests do not require you to be a Rocket Scientist, I recommend you buy and study a Postal Exam Review Book with Sample Tests and tips. I did when I got my summer job and I got a very high score. If you are a military veteran you are given additional points I believe on your score.

2. I’m not sure if you have to be a high school graduate or not. If you aren’t, you need to research it.

3. You will be screened for drugs before you are hired.

4. You need to have a safe driving record if the job you are hired for requires you to drive.

5. You may have to work Saturdays and work one less weekday instead.

When I worked for the Post Office in the Summer and during Christmas, I primarily delivered mail. It was the easiest job I ever had in my life. At the time and I don’t know if things have changed, I was not given a regular route and as such, there were no expectations I would finish delivering the mail on time so I was actually paid overtime by the day! Again, I don’t know if they’ve changed that. I enjoyed the job as there was little stress and time went by fast. During Christmas, I worked inside handling mail at a Central Station and I hated the job because I can’t handle repetitive routine work and it seemed that there were always 3 supervisors looking at what you were doing all the time. Thus my recommendation would be to try to get a job delivering the mail. I personally couldn’t handle working a front window at the Post Office but a lot of people who do, seem to like it. The Post Office has a variety of jobs and I think the most important thing is to get hired and then you eventually should be able to transfer to a job you like more if you qualify.

The starting pay in the Post Office is relatively good and I think you initially get 13 days a year vacation eventually going up to 26 days a year, 10 paid holidays, 13 sick days a year which you accumulate, good medical insurance, life insurance and a retirement plan where I believe your medical insurance will continue in retirement. Again, please verify this information for yourself.

Well I’ve given you the rough basics. If you have a lousy job or are unemployed with lousy job prospects, I recommend you consider working for the Post Office. It may take a while till your actually hired but it will be worth the wait when you are, if you have a lousy job with no future.

Who Qualifies for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to anyone who served honorably in the military for 90 consecutive days on or after September 11, 2001. It’s also available to those who served 30 days and were discharged with a service-connected disability. Under some conditions the military members benefits can be transferred to a dependent. It is the responsibility of the service member to initiate their request for benefits or to request transfer benefits to a family member.

Tuition payments are based on the highest in-state tuition rate at an Institute of Higher Learning within the state where the school is located. In addition, qualification support is dependent on where the recipient lives and the type of degree or training they are looking to attain.

Benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill include:

  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits
  • Payable for education/training received on or after Aug 1 2009
  • Includes undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and technical and vocational schools
  • Also included is tutoring assistance, reimbursement for certification and licensing testing
  • Cost of tuition/fees, not more than max in-state tuition of most expensive public state school
  • Monthly housing stipend, up to E-5 (w/dependents) Basic Allowance for Housing at school location
  • Annual stipend for books/supplies, not to exceed $1,000 and based on enrollment
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals
  • Benefits available up to 15 years after leaving active duty

New 2011 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (in addition to those above) – Effective 1 Aug/1 Oct 2011

  • Some National Guard who mobilized after Sept 11, 2001 are now eligible
  • All public school in-state tuition and fees now payable
  • Private school reimbursement capped at $17,500 annually
  • Housing allowance available for students enrolled 100% in online/distance education
  • Covers non-degree programs, on-the-job training, and flight training programs
  • Active duty qualify for the $1,000 book stipend
  • Benefits cover undergraduate through doctorate degree programs
  • Licensing, certification tests, and national exams are reimburseable

Note: The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to cover some out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program. However, this is a separate benefit with its own set of guidelines and rules so make sure your school is participating in this program before applying.

For the specific rules, formulas, and guidelines that encompass the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, go to http://military.com. To apply, either go to http://gibill.com or register through the VA Certifying official at the school or training facility you want to attend.

The Post-Nuclear War Movie in a Nutshell

The standard formula of Post-Nuclear film and fiction is to divide the survivors into two opposing and irreconcilable camps, the good guys; usually unscathed by the effects of radioactive fallout and the ruthlessly wicked; some or all of which may be mutated by radiation.

On one side we have the good guys, the survivalist’s who peacefully attempt to recreate civilization and preserve the future of the human species. Whilst on the other side there’s the lawless looters who fashion themselves as fascistic militia seeking to create a New World Order, as they engage in their favourite pastimes; looting, raping and killing.

Inevitably these two communities are destined to cross paths, usually to the detriment of the survivalist good guys. However fortunately for them there is also a third category of survivor in this post-nuke world. The lone hero; a cynical and disillusioned Individual who travels alone scavenging for supplies and trading in goods. Fortunately for the survivalists, he’s also very efficient at exterminating barbarian fascists. Which he does almost like painting by numbers, until he eventually defeats the barbarian leader in a final showdown and saves the day.

Of course no Post-Nuclear film is complete without leather outfits and heavily armoured customized vehicles. And lets not forget the very attractive, typically blonde love interest of the lone hero; who incidentally is usually totally unaffected by the lack of beauty products available in a post-apocalyptic world.

As for the moral of the post-nuke movie, well it’s the same as any other genre of Hollywood film; that the good guys always win, even if the world has been blown half to pieces!