2012 Military Pay and Benefits Update

by Patricia Hawkins

2012 Military Pay and Benefits Update

2012 Military Pay and Benefits Update

The House passed the FY2012 Defense Autho­riza­tion Bill (H.R. 1540) ear­lier this week. As expected the final ver­sion of the House bill calls for a 1.6 per­cent mil­i­tary pay raise, the same amount the White House requested. This is a strong indi­ca­tor that their will likely be lit­tle drama sur­round­ing the 2012 mil­i­tary pay increase.

How­ever, it is impor­tant to note that the DoD may push to freeze or reduce mil­i­taryin the future in order to meet the President’s demand that DoD cut their bud­get by $400 bil­lion dol­lars over the next ten years.

Our friends at the Mil­i­tary Offi­cers Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica pro­vided a quick list of the amend­ments that made it through the House ver­sion of the 2012 National Defense Autho­riza­tion Act. I have high­lighted the ones that affect pay and ben­e­fits here:

  • Estab¬≠lish a reg¬≠istry of inci¬≠dents in which ser¬≠vice¬≠mem¬≠bers were exposed to occu¬≠pa¬≠tional and chem¬≠i¬≠cal haz¬≠ards dur¬≠ing deploy¬≠ments.
  • Require an assess¬≠ment of health risks for per¬≠son¬≠nel exposed to open-air burn pits.
  • Allow mem¬≠bers of the Indi¬≠vid¬≠ual Ready Reserve who have been called to active duty for at least one year since 9/11/01 to pur¬≠chase premium-based TRICARE cov¬≠er¬≠age on the same basis as mem¬≠bers of the retired reserve.

 Next is the Senate’s turn to take action on the defense bill. Accord­ing to MOAA, the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee is expected to begin craft­ing its ver­sion of the bill in mid-June. After that the House and Sen­ate lead­ers will form a con­fer­ence com­mit­tee to work out the dif­fer­ences between the two ver­sions.

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Posted May 30, 2011 by Patricia Hawkins   

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