If I don't make the cut during the current round of police try outs in my local town I'm considering joing the Corp to help make me a more attractive candidate for them. My one worry about this is whether or not the basic grunts pay will be enough to support my wife while I'm off fighting a war. I considered asking this question of my local recruiter, but I trust anything a recruiter tells me almost as far as I can throw him (I know it's their job to get me to join at just about any cost, and don't hold it against them, I'm just not gonna take their word for anything I don't get in writing). I found the pay scale on the marines website (http://www.dod.mil/dfas/militarypay/newinformation/WebPayTableVersion2006updated.pdf) and from what I'm reading I guess the basic recruite salary is a little better than a grand a month (that's acceptable for me ) but wanted to confirm my findings. Any info would be greatly appreciated.