Military Pay

Report: Changes May Hit Military Basic, Special and Retirement Pays

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The commission's report is likely to set off a massive political fight over the future of military compensation. The Defense Department is already bracing for backlash to the legislative proposals, with a special team of high-level officials standing by to review the recommendations and provide feedback to the White House within weeks. ... more

Chairman Says Congress Wary of Military Pay and Benefit Cuts

In this June 11, 2014 file photo, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the impact on recruitment and retention would be a major consideration for him in dealing with proposals for reforming the pay and benefits system. Thornberry said he was concerned to hear that four out of five service members who spoke last week to D... more

Military Salary - Pay Overview

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Currently, the military compensation system has over 70 separate types of pay and allowances -- that's a lot to keep track of. Fortunately everything you need to know from Basic Pay, to special pay and allowances (even retired pay) can be found right here. In general annual military pay raises are linked to the increase in civilian wages. Howev... more

Combat Zone Tax Exclusions

Soldiers take up defensive positions after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who serves in a combat zone (defined below), you can exclude certain pay from your income when determining your taxes. The following is a summary of combat zone tax exclusions: What Can be Excluded Partial (Month) Service Definition of Combat Zone Designated Combat Zones Ser... more

Terror, Cyber Issues May Supersede Military in State of the Union

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.

WASHINGTON — Service member and veteran groups say looming budget cuts and health care services will be their top concerns when President Barack Obama takes the podium Tuesday night for his State of the Union address. Caps on federal spending are set to kick in this year and will increase pressure for tough defense budgeting choices, including ... more

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