Military Facepunch Extravaganza!
Bullshitting with a civilian consultant:
Consultant: Must be nice to be here tax-free.
Me: Must be nice to make more than three times as much as me.
Consultant: Well, I'm paying more in taxes than your annual salary.
Me: Are you putting any of it into an IRA?
Consultant: A what?
(I explain the concept, but he says he isn't interested in that because he couldn't spend it right away.)
During a lesson about military retirement (warning against borrowing cash from your future pension):
Staff Sergeant: Now, how could you spend $100,000?
Corporal, mockingly: Invest it? RIGHT (Accountant)?
Sergeant, seriously: You could get a car. No, you could afford 3 car payments!
Me: How long are you going to be out here?
Contractor: As long as I can. I could use the money.
Me: I don't blame you. If I was making such good money, I'd retire in a couple years.
Contractor: Well, even if I stay the whole deployment I won't be out of debt.
Me: Did you buy a house?
Contractor: No, I have $130,000 in student loans and credit card debt.
Me: Woah, that's a lot, but at least you got a degree out of it.
Contractor: I didn't even get a degree.
(He took college classes at one of those for profit online schools aimed at military, I forget which one.)