Luanne, I doubt it was written to hurt. It is simple truth that while many join the military because of a desire to serve their country, many others join (especially during relatively peaceful periods) for the training, experience, and benefits they will receive.
In private life, salaries go up when it's difficult to recruit someone for a job, and they go down again when there's a surplus of workers, as anyone who's tried to find a job in the current economy can testify. One of the many problems with government, including the military, is that shortages drive costs up, but sufficiencies or surpluses don't drive them back down again. All of our elected officials, including the congresspeople so universally reviled today, have seen the same increases in pay and benefits.