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    Congress presses DoD for allotment system reform

    Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Pentagon to improve the paycheck allotment system that allows service members to direct portions of their biweekly pay to certain people or institutions.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  2. Pay panel appears wary of cutting compensation

    For years, the Pentagon's top brass has called for an overhaul of the entire military compensation system, claiming that the cost of troops' pay and benefits is soaring unsustainably and threatening future funding for readiness and weapons modernization.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  3. View taken on November 20, 2009 shows the US Senate and Capitol Dome where the Senate will be in session tonight and all day tomorrow on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate will vote on Saturday night on whether to move to debate on the health care reform legislation, the first key procedural hurdle for the Senate plan and one that requires 60 votes from the 100-member body. AFP PHOTO/Tim Sloan TIM SLOAN / AFP

    House OKs defense spending bill with 1.8% pay raise

    The House approved a $570 billion defense spending proposal on Friday that would save the A-10 aircraft fleet, prohibit another base closure round and reject most of the Pentagon's planned pay and benefits trims.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  4. Some military household goods shipments 'held hostage'

    Some service members' household goods shipments are being held by subcontractors in an effort to force contractors to pay for other work they've performed, according to the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the executive agency responsible for

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  5. New wrinkle in 2015 pay raise debate

    Some House lawmakers have launched one more push to give troops more cash next year.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  6. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan prior to his handover to U.S. Special Forces soldiers last week. Screemshot via AP

    Bergdahl could collect 5 years of back pay, benefits

    The Army owes Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a lot of money.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
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    Survey: Lower pay raise would hurt troops' morale more than finances

    Nearly three-quarters of respondents to a Military Times survey believe that a proposal to give troops a smaller-than-expected pay raise next year would significantly harm morale.

    • May. 29, 2014
  8. Pentagon officials included a pay freeze for all high-ranking military personnel in paygrades O-7 and above in its budget plan. Getty Images

    Budget proposes pay freeze for higher-ranking officers

    The Pentagon brass has spent months urging lawmakers to support pay and benefits changes that could hurt troops' wallets. But those same top brass are also in line to take a hit to the wallet.

    • May. 28, 2014
  9. About 44,000 service members will see a pay cut effective June 1 when the Defense Department makes one of its periodic revisions to, and issues new restrictions for, imminent danger pay. Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall / Army

    New rules will halt imminent danger pay for 44,000

    The world looks like it's getting safer — at least according to military compensation officials.

    • May. 28, 2014
  10. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel approved plans to roll back BAH and cap next year's military pay raise at 1 percent. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Senate panel approves 1 percent pay raise, BAH cuts

    A Senate panel on Wednesday rejected Pentagon plans to cut commissary benefits and overhaul the Tricare system, all but ending defense officials' hope to make those changes next year.

    • May. 21, 2014
  11. Tracy Dice Johnson holds a flag from a 'widow's box' that platoon mates of her wife prepared during the service they had for their fallen comrade. Gerry Broome / AP

    Wife of female soldier killed in Afghanistan to receive death benefits

    The gay widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has received word from the Department of Veterans Affairs that she will receive the same full benefits that heterosexual widows and widowers receive.

    • May. 18, 2014
  12. Consumer Watch: Improved online store coming to exchange customers in July

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is rolling out a more customer-friendly online store that's expected to launch in early July.

    • May. 14, 2014
  13. House bill protects benefits, resists new BRAC

    During the annual defense authorization bill debate May 7, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said his goal was to 'hold on to as much stuff as we can' and hope for funding fixes down the road.

    • May. 14, 2014
  14. Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) play ultimate Frisbee with a United Arab Emirates team at the American School of Dubai during a scheduled port visit in April. MCS2 Shannon M. Smith / Navy

    DoD reinstates R&R for 9 countries

    The Defense Department has reinstated two-week rest and recuperation leave in nine countries for troops who deploy before June 1.

    • May. 12, 2014
  15. The Joint Chiefs of Staff testify about military compensation before the Senate Armed Services Committee at Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on May 6. Mike Morones/Staff

    DoD makes last-ditch plea for compensation cuts in 2015

    The Pentagon brass made a last stand Tuesday in the months-long battle for military compensation reform, imploring senators to back plans to trim troops' pay raises and benefits in the fiscal 2015 budget.

    • May. 6, 2014
  16. 'Complex' report on allotments now 3 months late

    Defense officials are more than three months late on a report on the military allotment system, which will recommend steps to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses and lenders that use allotments to take advantage of them.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  17. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif., runs a March 14 hearing on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Congressman: Wait until '15 for major pay, benefits reform

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to wait on major military compensation reform until next year, but may accept some smaller changes to pay and benefits in the current budget debate.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  18.  Staff

    Special pays reductions hit troops' bottom lines

    With no fanfare or controversy, the Pentagon has quietly shaved several billion dollars from troops' total compensation in recent years as the flow of cash benefits known as special pays and incentive pays has slowed dramatically.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  19. Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale testifies during a March 13 hearing of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    DoD official: 'Tough choices' necessary on pay and benefits reform

    Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale pleaded with Senate lawmakers Wednesday not to undo money-saving personnel changes in the fiscal 2015 budget proposal, saying such a move would devastate spending plans for years to come.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  20. Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  21. Copies of the fiscal year 2015 budget are seen at the Senate Budget Committee hearing room March 4. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

    2015 budget released: How the cuts affect pay, BAH, per diem and Tricare

    The Pentagon's new budget released Tuesday says military personnel spending should fall to its lowest point since 2008 as cuts to compensation take effect and the force continues to shrink from its wartime peak.

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  22. Budget anxiety spurs saving, survey shows

    Some career military members are hunkering down and increasing their short-term savings as anxieties swirl around the future of the Defense Department budget, according to a recent survey.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  23. DoD budget seeks cuts in BAH, commissary, Tricare benefits

    The Pentagon on Monday proposed the deepest and most far-reaching cuts to military compensation in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force, explaining that such cuts are necessary in order to pay for more modern gear and high-tech weaponry.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  24. Raises, BAH are likely targets of 2015 defense budget

    The Pentagon's 2015 budget is likely to contain such belt-tightening proposals as reducing active-duty pay raises and housing allowances and instituting fees for Tricare for Life, officials told a Senate panel Thursday.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  25. Top row: Carlton Kent, Charles Bowen, Joe Campa. Bottom row: Jack Tilley, Jim Roy, Vince Patton Staff and file photos

    Top enlisted retirees push back on COLA cuts

    Chip Hoynes retired from the Coast Guard in 2007, landing a high-paying job with a defense contractor in the same field he worked in on active duty.

    • Jan. 27, 2014
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