Do you know why one has to be extraordinary patriotic to become an Indonesian military man?
I'll give you one possible answer: because according to this book, he/she will get a basic salary of 2.515 million IDR per month, or around 272 USD in today's exchange rate.
And mind you, that's for the highest rank, the four-stars General.
But we also pay peanut salary to university professor, local government administrative staff, and any other public servant position, don't we? So why bothers?
Because, to me, the combination between peanut base salary and guns (plus assigning a legal monopoly power of violence) just doesn't add up --if not worrisome.