Maybe I can answer a few question, I will keep it short and sweet.
Deployment, yes you get promoted to 3A manager, that would be double your pay plus a few if our getting $7, yes it to control overtime cost, but you get 20 hrs per week overtime, whether you work it or not. Yes, some places you work longer. Danger Pay is paid after your there 24 hrs, that 60 day thing, is another pay bonus increase, but only after first tour, something like that. You can find more on the AAFES Intranet. Downrange, everyone is a voluntary. It's not as bad you think. Yes, some places are worse then others, but the people are great and the soldiers appreciate your service.
Intermittent hire is a way to control personnel cost. Here is the best thing you can do if you want to get the right answer. Ask to see EOP 55-10, this covers pay and benefits. It will tell you if what you been told are true or not. Then you have it in B&W. Your GM should have an open door policy if your manager is no help or talking out his/Her ASS.
LN....itâ€™s the few bad ones, which make most US think they are all like that. Yes, they get paid more, but the history is, before the Euro was the D-mark, when the LN was paid in D-mark, they were the low cost person. Well that changed with the Euro, but man of man, do they get taxed to death, almost up to 50% of their gross pay. Plus their benefits go way back to the SOFA agreement. This is the same agreement, which keeps us from paying German fuel cost, no taxes on our products and use of the VAT form if a store takes it.
Hope I was able to help answer a few, you got to watch listen to the shit house lawyers. Plus, don't judge that manager, not all are like them, losers. However, since you now work for AAFES, you can apply for a new job and are priority for hiring, IN-HOUSE comes first, so look around if youâ€™re not happy.