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Defense Bill Includes Biggest Military Pay Raise in 5 Years

December 1, 2016

Stars and Stripes | Nov 29, 2016 | by Travis J. Tritten

WASHINGTON — Troops would get their biggest pay raise in years under the final version of Congress’ annual defense policy bill unveiled Tuesday.

The 2.1 percent increase included in the National Defense Authorization Act would break a five-year trend of raises that have fallen below the private sector. The higher pay would go into effect Jan. 1 if the bill is passed by Congress, and it could receive an initial vote in the House on Friday.

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