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  1. '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
  2. 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
  3.  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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Basic Allowance for Housing rates for 2014 will increase by an average 5 percent. Army

    BAH rates up 5 percent in 2014; program changes on horizon

    Big changes to Basic Allowance for Housing rates are under consideration for down the road inside the Pentagon, but for now many troops can rest easy knowing that they will receive the standard uptick for next year.

    • Dec. 17, 2013
  12. Army diver is one of the shortage specialties that are high on the Army's priority list for reclass. The 12D (diver) MOS has strict entry requirements.

    Switching to shorthanded MOS may rescue career

    With the Army getting smaller, and retention policies tightening, personnel officials say soldiers in overstrength specialties have a better shot at surviving the drawdown if they switch to jobs that have good prospects for the future.

    • Dec. 7, 2013
  13. Lump-sum bonuses under the CSRB range from $18,000 to $150,000, depending on specialty and length of service extension. Staff

    NCOs eligible for new bonuses

    Regular Army noncommissioned officers in several priority specialties and career management fields are eligible for a new round of retention incentives under the Critical Skills Retention Bonus program.

    • Dec. 6, 2013
  14. Ranger-qualified sergeants and above have been added to the Special Duty Assignment Pay program if they are serving as Ranger or Reconnaissance and Surveillance Course instructors. John D. Helms / Army

    Special pay overhaul to affect thousands of enlisted

    Thousands of enlisted soldiers serving in certain recruiting positions, or as drill sergeants, career counselors, air traffic controllers and cadre with warrior transition units will have their Special Duty Assignment Pay reduced or eliminated under a budget-driven overhaul of the SDAP program.

    • Dec. 5, 2013
  15. Soldiers pass duffel bags full of personal belongings to each other to pack them into a cargo container to ship them home from Iraq in 2011. Central Command

    Clothing allowances drop for fiscal 2014

    Soldiers are seeing no changes in the contents of their uniform clothing bag in fiscal 2014, but clothing replacement allowances will drop due to minor adjustments in price on some items and to the expected 'wear life' of other items.

    • Dec. 1, 2013
  16. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would fund the pay increase by cutting research, development, test and evaluation accounts. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    Rubio seeks bigger military pay raise for 2014

    Senate debate on the $625.6 billion defense budget for 2014 could include a discussion about whether there is enough money for a slightly bigger military raise.

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  17. DoD ends funding for online housing referral network

    Defense officials will soon cut funding for a program that helps connect service members and their families with available rental housing at their new duty stations.

    • Nov. 18, 2013
  18. Benefits: Rising costs mean slowing compensation, shifting care

    The price of a soldier has almost doubled since 2001. And that means cuts to benefits and soldiers.

    • Oct. 28, 2013
  19.  Staff

    Estimates point to slight COLA hike

    Another year, another small raise for millions of people who rely on Social Security, veterans' benefits and federal pensions.

    • Oct. 22, 2013
  20. Guidelines issued for special pay for medical evacuees

    The Army has issued guidelines for administering a federal law that continues special pay and allowances for soldiers who are medically evacuated from a combat zone.

    • Oct. 18, 2013
  21. Troops are due a 1 percent increase under a presidential order signed in August, which is the same raise scheduled for federal civilians. Army

    One percent pay raise likely for troops next year

    Only a last-minute decision by Congress will give service members anything more than a 1 percent across-the-board pay increase on Jan. 1.

    • Oct. 17, 2013
  22. The emergency fiscal deal being hammered out would reopen the government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 15 Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images

    Senate deal would open government, avert default — and restore back pay

    Senate Democratic and Republican leaders on Wednesday announced an eleventh-hour deal to end a government shutdown and avert a federal debt default — and also lock in sequestration's deep spending cuts.

    • Oct. 16, 2013
  23. COLA announcement could be delayed by shutdown

    The size of the Dec. 1 cost-of-living adjustment in military retired pay and Social Security will not be announced as scheduled this week if the government shutdown continues.

    • Oct. 14, 2013
  24.  Getty Images

    DoD: Troops will get all pays, allowances Oct. 15

    The Pentagon's accountants said today that all troops will receive their pays and allowances on time for the mid-month paycheck next week, but some details remain unclear.

    • Oct. 8, 2013
  25. Relief societies fill in gaps to help families of the fallen

    Military relief societies have stepped in to make sure that families of the fallen can pay for expenses related to the burial of their service member, as well as other immediate expenses, after the shutdown suspended the Defense Department's death gratuit

    • Oct. 8, 2013
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