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Military families and their advocates are battling an Obama administration proposal to limit troops’ pay raises to 1 percent in 2014, the lowest increase in half a century.
The raise comes at a time when forces will still be fighting in Afghanistan.
“We’re sending the wrong message to the ones who have worked the hardest in our country by the multiple deployments and family separations,” says Michael Hayden, deputy director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America.
White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, no relation to Michael Hayden, said Obama is committed to “a sacred trust” with military members, but needed to reduce the pay raise, partly to offset congressional refusal to cut spending on “outdated weapons system.”
Elizabeth Robbins, a Pentagon spokeswoman, called the limit on pay increases a “tough decision.” But she said the Defense Department must pay for proper training and support, and “fair compensation that recognizes the sacrifices they (troops) make for our country ... while adhering to the budget constraints it is facing.”
Pentagon officials briefing military family representatives framed the 1 percent increase as a trade-off: “They believe servicemembers and families would be willing to give something on the size of pay raises to ensure funding for the mission,” the National Military Family Association explained to members on its website.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Well OP, lets look at this logically, shall we? Benefit cuts are part of it..like the tuition cut that seems to be long term since all talk of mitigating or doing away with Sequestration seems to be done and over. Welcome to the new painful world.
I think the most telling thing tho is simply that 1% IS literally a pay CUT in effective money involved here. How? Well, inflation rate is sitting at 1.5% right now. So a 1% pay raise is still a 0.5% effective cut in dollars they have in their pocket with purchase power. Sure...the private sector doesn't get that much, but that's a whole different topic and this is the Military, paid by the Feds. Booooo... Is he TRYING to run off the whole experience core of the United States Armed Forces? Oh..wait .. nvm. Stupid question, huh?
U.S. Inflation Rate
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by Cuervo
Ummmm, I've never heard of anyone joining the military because they give raises each year. Most places of employment give, not all but most, give their employees a raise each year. Kids do join for the GI Bill, to travel the world & to serve their country, mostly.