CJCS Dempsey says military retirement not comparable to civlian

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he intends to keep faith with the military family.

In a blog post on DoDLive.mil, he said he rejects the comparison of the military retirement system to a civilian retirement system.

The Defense Business Board has recommended changes to the military retirement system to something more like what is available for private-sector civilians.

Dempsey testified before the House Armed Services Committee, and then later posted on his blog, that he is adamantly opposed to changing retirement benefits for active-duty military.

He said he agrees that the retirement system must be changed in the future to make it affordable, but that he will keep the commitment made to those who serve.

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