Cuts in BAH, TRICARE, Commissaries and More

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave a preview of how round two of budget sequestration could rattle current forces if Congress is willing to let the defense budget take hit in FY2014. According to Hagel, the 2014 sequestration will result in a loss in in pay and benefits for servicemembers. The impact will be cuts in Basic Allowance for Housing, O-CONUS cost-of-living allowances, caps on future military pay raises, the end to military commissaries and a modification in TRICARE, which could force younger retirees to use employer offered health care insurance.
Read Tom Philpott's Military Update column for more details.