SHORT CHANGING THE TROOPS AS USUAL

The Pentagon, in an on going austerity move, continues to cut the budget at the expense of the military. This year’s meager proposal falls in line with previous years, being around one half the cost of living increases. This will continue to shrink the budgets of the troops and put them further behind their civilian counterparts who are not doing that well, either.

Small military pay raise planned for next year’s Pentagon budget.

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The annual budget request the Pentagon sends to Congress next week will include a 1.6 percent pay raise for troops in 2017, a historically small bump aimed at reducing military personnel costs, according to defense officials.

The 1.6 percent pay raise will fall below the projected increase in private-sector wages, which is likely to be 3.2 percent in 2017, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

If approved by Congress, the modest pay increase would mark the fourth consecutive year that military basic pay has not kept pace with the growth in most civilian wages, reversing a trend during the post-2001 war years when military pay rose substantially.

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