With only a few more months left for some service members to transfer GI Bill benefits to dependents, a trio of Senators want to put a halt to the change.
The Navy said increased demand led to a shortage of funds to award new tuition assistance until the next fiscal year.
Military retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in cost-of-living adjustment.
The Pentagon says it’s upholding the original intent of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill by insisting that a key component of the bill is not an entitlement, and only a retention incentive.
The Senate is proposing serious changes to the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act to improve recruitment and retention.
The defense authorization bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators would affect military pocketbooks in ways both big and small. It includes a 1.3 percent pay increase for uniformed service members but chips away at the military’s pension system. In exchange for shrinking pensions, it encourages current troops — and mandates that future ones — invest in the Thrift Savings Plan.
Troops start the new year with a 1 percent pay raise. That’s a little less than the 1.8 percent raise they would have gotten automatically from the annual cost of living adjustment. A study on pay and benefits from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is due next month. Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. He says some kind of reform is long overdue. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says morale is still a top priority for the military, even with fewer commitments in Afghanistan.
The Senate armed services committee and its subcommittees will have more than a dozen new members when the 114th Congress starts in January. And the House and Senate armed services committees will both have new chairs, since both Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are retiring. That count comes from the Military Officers Association of America. On In Depth with Francis Rose, MOAA president and CEO, retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said the new political landscape means his group has a lot of work ahead to educate the new Congress on how to legislate on behalf of the military community.
The first day of markups for the National Defense Authorization Act includes a big win for military personnel advocates but potentially a big swing and a miss too. The Personnel subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee rejects cuts to housing allowances…commissary funding and changes to TRICARE that would make some participants pay more themselves. The subcommittee didn’t say anything about a 1 percent pay raise for troops for 2015 though. Retired Army Col. Mike Barron, deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, shares his views on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the American Foreign Service Association and others rally against any potential or real proposals to change how the government calculates cost of living adjustments. The groups propose using the CPI-E formula to measure the impact of inflation on retirees, veterans and others.