What’s in the Defense Bill for Military and Families? 



Buried in the 1,915-page defense policy bill are significant changes that could affect more than 1 million members of the military and their families.

The House has passed the $612 billion bill. The Senate is scheduled to vote this week.

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the legislation as part of a larger budget debate.

Some highlights of the defense measure pertaining to members of the armed forces and their families:


It would put in place, in 2018, a new retirement system for service members. Under the current one, 83 percent of service members leave the force without any retirement benefit because they did not serve at least 20 years. According to the new plan, service members can put a percentage of their pay into 401(k)-type accounts and the government will match those contributions up to 5 percent over 26 years.

The current force will be grandfathered into the existing system. Starting in 2018, those with fewer than 12 years of service can opt into the new system. Those with 12 years or more cannot because they probably would end up receiving a smaller retirement benefit than under the current system.

To offset the cost of the government matching payments into the Thrift Savings Plans, the regular retirement pay is being reduced for those enrolled in the new plan. When service members currently get ready to retire, their benefit is calculated by multiplying the average of their last three years of pay by 2.5. That multiplier would be reduced to two. Those who invest in their plan could make up that difference.

Those in the reserves now have to wait until they are 60 for their retirement benefit. Under the new legislation, they can take 25 percent or 50 percent of their benefit when they reach 20 years of service. That would offer them the money if they are moving into a new career, starting a business or trying to pay college expenses for their children.


For basic pay, a 1.3 percent increase. Lawmakers decided to let it set itself at 2.3 percent through an automatic calculation based on a government cost index. But the president has the authority to set the increase, and earlier this year, he put it at 1.3 percent. The troops got 1 percent raises in both 2014 and 2015. Service organizations aren’t happy…….


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  • diana harrell

    That worthless sob should be in prison for what he has done and is doing here and around the world. pitiful and totally disgusting.

    • Gib Ercanbrack

      I still hope he gets a dick stuck in his throat and chokes to death.

  • Judith Van Doren

    obama is so hateful. It is understandable that with his desire to destroy USA and our Military, there is no respect for obama–he does not deserve any. obama is using the budget to add to the destruction, add to that the reduction of equipment, low repairs to equipment, no new euqipment to replace worn outs, obama’s disrespect for the men he puts in harms way, and then sells out USA to the very enemies we are fighting, obama committing treason every single day, the Military is the whipping post for obama and the USA is the prize to be given to islamic terrorists, along with communists to control govt. What a set up the democrat party instigated with the help of rinos and soros, etal.

  • Allan Harm

    Why are you so surprised that this Veto is coming? This is part of the plan to destabilize USA!

    Pay attention especially to #3 and #4 in the list below!

    Islam is a fascist ideology (only posing as a religion) and the Libtards have a similar fascination of the fascist ideology. Their common ground is based on ‘National syndicalism’ (*) a political theory calling for a single party run government with no rights for the individual except those that are deemed ‘suitable’ by the State. In such a fascist state people are born un-free with no individual rights – people can only gain rights by being awarded them by the state and the state decides what’s appropriate. Of course there will be no freedom of speech, no right to defend yourself against an oppressive State and definitely no right to acquire or bear arms.

    * “Syndicalism is a type of proposed economic system, a form of socialism, considered a replacement for capitalism. It suggests that industries be organized into confederations or syndicates. It is a system of economic organization in which industries are owned and managed by the workers.”

    If you have this definition in mind and would compare it to how the Obama administration have moved ahead it is clear (at least to me) that this is all the evidence you will need to understand the reasons behind the policies of the current Crypto-Fascist administration.

    Benito Mussolini, the father of the Italian Fascism, adopted the Fascist Manifesto – Fasci Italiani di Combattimento (“Italian League of Combat”), which was originally introduced in Milan 1919. The Manifesto was written by national syndicalist Alceste De Ambris and Futurist movement leader Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

    Please read below just a few selected points of the Fascist Manifesto and compare it to the acts of the current administration it might give you a hint as to where this is going:

    1. A strong progressive tax on capital (envisaging a “partial expropriation” of concentrated wealth);
    2. The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics,which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor;

    3. Revision of all contracts for military provisions;
    4. The revision of all military contracts and the seizure of 85 percent of the profits therein.

    5. The formation of a national council of experts for labour, for industry, for transportation, for the public health, for communications, etc. Selections to be made of professionals or of tradesmen with legislative powers, and elected directly to a general commission with ministerial powers.
    6. A minimum wage
    7. Revision of the draft law on invalidity insurance;

    The main point of Fascism is to promote a Franchise reform, Labour reform, Nationalization, Taxes on wealth and war profits, Economic controls for the sake of national interests, etc.

    Are you still surprised – or do you see a pattern here? – Islam and the Crypto-Fascist administration have a common goal – that’s why.