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A 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, a plus-up to end strength and funding for 77 F-35s, 15 KC-46s, three Littoral Combat Ships, 135 M1 Abrams and 60 Bradley fighting vehicles are among the measures included in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by President Donald Trump August 13, 2018.
The bill also expands on-base shopping for disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients, among others, starting in 2020, revamps the military's promotion system and reigns in sexual misconduct in the ranks, including a provision requiring on-base schools to impose sexual assault prevention for military kids.
The $716 billion approved by Congress is an increase from Trump's $686.1 billion proposal presented early this year.