New Commissary Reform Plan to Protect Shopper Savings

September 17, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott The Department of Defense is modifying its approach to reform the commissary benefit with new guarantees to preserve overall shopper savings and also to avoid pay cuts for current … [Read more...]

‘Force of the Future’ to Reward Talent, Diversity, Motherhood

August 13, 2015 | Tom Philpott

By Tom Philpott Defense Secretary Ashton Carter next month will be presented with a package of detailed proposals for reshaping military and defense civilian pays, promotions and quality of life, … [Read more...]

Senate Action: Privatized Commissaries Killed; ‘Couples BAH’ Cut Survives

June 18, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Senate Action: Privatized Commissaries Killed; ‘Couples BAH' Cut Survives The Senate voted Wednesday to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary … [Read more...]

House Supports Biggest Military Pay Raise in Five Years

June 17, 2015 | Terry Howell

[UPDATED: June 18, 2015] Last week the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2016 defense budget (H.R. 1735) , which includes plans to give service members a 2.3 percent pay increase … [Read more...]

TRICARE ‘Reforms’ Rejected; Caps on Pay and BAH Raises Remain Possible

May 14, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Big TRICARE 'Reforms' Rejected; Caps on Pay, BAH Raises Still Eyed Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two TRICARE reform plans, one from the Obama … [Read more...]

Sen. Graham Defends Military Pay Commission

February 12, 2015 | Tom Philpott

Military Update: Graham Defends Pay Commission After Hearing Its Critics - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, has … [Read more...]

Commission Ideas Draw Bipartisan Praise on Capitol Hill

February 05, 2015 | Tom Philpott

by Tom Philpott There is rising confidence across the Senate and House armed services committees that 2015 will be the year Congress passes legislation to modernize military compensation, with an … [Read more...]

Many Housing Residents to Feel ‘BAH Pinch’

January 22, 2015 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Privatized Housing Residents to Feel 'BAH Pinch' Too - Families living in privatized military housing units will not escape the impact of moves Congress made last month to dampen … [Read more...]

Average 2015 Basic Allowance for Housing to Rise Only .5 Percent

December 22, 2014 | Tom Philpott

MILITARY UPDATE: Average Stateside Housing Allowance to Rise Only .5 Percent Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to a million service members living off base in the United States will rise by an … [Read more...]

Changes to Discretionary Allotments

November 24, 2014 | Terry Howell

New Department of Defense regulations prohibit the use of discretionary allotments for the purchase, lease or rent personal property. Personal property includes vehicles, appliances and consumer … [Read more...]

MOAA Pushes Back on Pay Cap

September 02, 2014 | Terry Howell

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) issued a statement strongly objecting to the proposal to again cap military pay below private sector pay growth. The statement points to a … [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...]