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Behind Congress’ Swift Reforms of Military Compensation

January 22, 2017

From the Military.com website

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Over decades Congress has considered numerous studies on reforming different aspects of military compensation, from retirement and basic pay tables to healthcare benefits (TRICARE) and on-base discount stores.

The armed services committees would hold hearings on the big reports and, after a decent interval, usually shelve the most controversial ideas, opting for modest changes and to preserve the status quo. The pattern became particularly familiar with military retirement, with the direct-care medical system and with commissary and exchange operations.

That pattern of incremental change was shattered the past two years as Congress, frustrated by budget caps in wartime and spurred by findings of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, approved major alterations to retirement, healthcare and commissaries.

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Related:
Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Final Report

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