UPDATED – House to Vote on 2015 Military Pay and Benefits

May 20, 2014 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: The House Passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act with the 1.8 percent military pay raise intact.. However, the current Senate version does not agree with the House's version on … [Read more...]

Danger Pay to End for 44K Troops Overseas

May 18, 2014 | Terry Howell

Defense officials are warning service members that starting June 1, imminent danger pay will end for the 44K troops deploying to certain USCENTCOM areas of operations. The change will affect those … [Read more...]

What do you think about curbing pay and benefits?

April 24, 2014 | Terry Howell

We have seen a huge response to the Sgt Maj of the Marine Corps and other Pentagon officials claim that troops prefer new equipment and training to pay raises and benefits. Now is your chance … [Read more...]

DoD Budget Cuts Draw Fire from Veterans Groups

February 25, 2014 | Terry Howell

The proposed 2015 defense budget has been released, and it is not pretty. To summarize, the DoD is proposing limiting troop pay raises to below the civilian rate of growth … [Read more...]

MOAA Responds to Proposed 2015 Defense Budget

February 24, 2014 | Terry Howell

MOAA says budget requires balance, end to sequestration Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 24, 2014) — In response to today’s Pentagon budget submission, Military Officers Association of America President … [Read more...]

The Legion Explains the Importance of the COLA Battle

February 21, 2014 | Terry Howell

The following guest blog offers insight into why fighting over the reduced cost-of-living-adjustment for military retirees was important for all veterans and servicemembers. Why Getting the COLA … [Read more...]

2014 Active Duty COLA

December 19, 2013 | Terry Howell

The DoD has released the 2014 Cost-of-living-Allowance (CONUS COLA) rates. As with each year, some areas will see increases while other areas will lose COLA entirely. Several locations including Los … [Read more...]

House Passes Defense Act and Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

December 12, 2013 | Terry Howell

[CORRECTION] - Just a quick update - both the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the socalled Ryan-Murray Budget agreement  made it through the House, and are now headed to the … [Read more...]

House and Senate Said to Agree on TRICARE and Military Pay

December 10, 2013 | Terry Howell

NDAA Update: 12/12/2013): The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House (now on to Senate).  The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 is very close to passing both houses of … [Read more...]

DoD Budget Priority: Slowing Pay and Benefits

November 26, 2013 | Terry Howell

The following is excerpt from the Military Officers Association of America's ‘The Bottom Line' blog. Pentagon FY2014 Budget Priorities: Who Moved the Goalpost? By Col Mike Hayden, USAF … [Read more...]

Coast Guard to Cut Tuition Assistance Payment Rates

November 21, 2013 | Terry Howell

The Coast Guard announced that they are reinstating the pre-2001 75/25 cost-share based Tuition Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2014. The new 2014 tuition assistance policy will mark the … [Read more...]

New Bill to Reform Education for Vets and Troops

November 18, 2013 | Terry Howell

The Serve Act of 2013 - Bipartisan legislation aims to improve the quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans. Last week Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), … [Read more...]