To give the benefit of the doubt, the numbers on a spreadsheet at a payroll office would probably include stuff that doesn't show up in starting salary... social security taxes, UI taxes, health insurance, and all sorts of other benefits. I've often heard that an employee's actual salary is only half the businesses' cost of hiring them.
The USAF is reducing their forces and kicking out thousands of communications maintenance troops with more than a decade of experience. They're so aggressive about drawing down that they are going after people with very minor 'quality of force indicators', including difficulty with PT tests. Some of these people had already completed the cyber curriculum or were looking to cross train into the new "cyber operations" career field.
The military will hire people with network exploitation skills as contractors or full time civilians, or they will recruit from their communications troops and through a bunch of money at them for additional training. Right now the individual services have some interesting doctrine being written, but there are very few discussions about their actual strategy for constructing military units in anything but the traditional way of military members sent to schoolhouses supplemented with commercial training.
The 'good idea faeries' at the DoD talk about recruiting experts who already do this stuff every day to keep US cyberwarfighting ahead of our enemies yet there hasn't been a single actionable plan to actually recruit these people as military members.
I find that the best place to contribute is on simple.wikipedia.org. The community of editors is much more welcoming and there's a lot of work to be done there that really only requires a basic understanding of the subject and written communication skills. I've yet to see an edit war on Simple, but then again I haven't gone looking for one either...