DoD: Military Pay is Safe from Sequestration

According to The Pentagon Channel, DoD officials have made it clear that military pay and “monetary” benefits will continue despite sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that servicemembers are not subject to the unpaid furloughs that will affect that majority of the Defense Department’s civilian work force as a result of sequestration. According to Defense Secretary Panetta in a recently released memo “the president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions.

DoD’s civilian employees will face unpaid furloughs as soon as late April.  The furloughs will effectively cut civilian pay by 20%.

What DoD did not make clear is how the sequestration will affect non-monetary benefits, like tuition assistance, MWR, and childcare services. However, today’s news on Military features an article on how it will affect school districts located near military bases.

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Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Rita

    The Senator’s should have their pay cut too but oh I forgot current rules do not allow that. They are not the ones who are putting their lives on the line. It’s amazing to me that they can still get paid for NOT doing their jobs. I am a Veteran with almost 24 years of active service. I am retired now and I sit as a Federal civilian with almost 5 years of additional service to the government. I volunteered for this thinking that the benefits out weighed the sacrifice. Now I am not so sure. If anyone thinks that taking 20% in pay away (plus no raises in over 3 years) from the Federal civilians is acceptable then they have not walked in our shoes. Times are hard and no one cares. Why? Because it does not affect them personally. They are too rich to see those of us on the bottom tier.

  • Candy

    I have a question and hopefully someone has the answer. I receive 43% of my x husbands retirement. My check was 903.86 a month,this month my check was 848.39 and DFAS sent a little card with my new amount n no explanation why.I do not have anything taken out of the check,so would anyone know the reason?