Diary of Ramon A. Alcaraz

June 4, 1941

Let me tell you about my present rank and pay.  Post WW II Peemayers are better off because upon graduation they are commissioned as 2nd Lt with a gold bar.  Pre-WW II Peemayers like me were commissioned as 3rd Lt with no bars.  

I have been in the service for about 15 months now and am still a 3rd Lt expecting to be a 2nd Lt March 15 next year. My monthly basic pay is P150.00 per month. Pay for teachers is P30.00 per month. without paying any hard currency. I just signed a piece of paper after showing my OSP I.D. card. The bill was sent to the OSP Post Exchange and deducted from my pay by our disbursing O.

However, I also get P40.00 Qtrs allowance and P30.00 per diems per month for being officer of the day  several days a month. I am still a bachelor renting a big apartment near PWU at Tenessee St shared  with my classmates Alano, Apolinario, Picar as well as Magluyan ’37 and Palencia ’38.  I was able to save money to purchase a 1939 Chev apple green coupe for P850.00.  Also, P5.00 in your pocket is a lot of money to be able to take your girl for dinner at Tom’s Dixie and a movie after. Yes, those are the golden days of the military when everybody trust us so much.  I bought a P200.00 watch at Beck’s (biggest store in Escolta then).