Yes, I understand they get COLA's and pay increases.
But if you read further past the, 'they won't get a full percentage of pay increase,' line...
Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department's 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of "budget uncertainties," a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.
Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta's proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.
The recommendation is tied to the Defense Department's 2014 budget recommendation, which was expected to be sent to Congress this month, one of the officials said. But the officials acknowledge it is going to be seen as an effort to push Congress to stop the automatic budget cuts that could go into effect if no deal is reached on spending reductions.
It is a pre-cursor to try to cease the clusterfrick that ceases the military- automatic budget cuts.
I will not buy into the cut big gov is good so do this mentality. There is ---plenty of room--- to cut spending without not giving a full military COLA and or increase of pay.
They waste money on studying field mice and chinese hookers. I say leave the military alone, period and or give them big payraises. As well as, both the senate and congress on both sides of the political spectrum should take paycuts way before the military does not get a full percentage increase of pay.
CNN and the media call this a pay cut because they may view it like I do. OR they are playing politics like the Pentagon to make it look like they have decreased their spending so they don't get gutted down the line.
This post was edited on 2/6 at 3:08 pm