Who says the army doesn’t pay? Certainly its doctors and dentists make out okay, raking in salaries above $200,000 or more and counting among Canada’s 500 top paid federal employees. Yup, they’re right up there with deputy ministers, who can earn as much as $300,000 a year. The numbers were obtained by the Ottawa Citizen, and if you plan to read the story, get ready for the usual blather about how the feds have to pay more to attract top talent from the private sector. That’s the official explanation for the military doctors, anyway. DND says it has to dangle fat signing bonuses before them to pry them away from that the publicly funded medical system. You know: the one many physicians not long ago were complaining doesn’t pay close to what they could earn south of the border. Thank goodness so many of them are so civic-minded.