Fewer troops will receive a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) payment stateside in 2019, as 45 areas drop from the COLA list, the Defense Department announced Dec. 20. For 2019, the number of service members receiving COLA within the U.S., known as CONUS, will decrease from about 28,000 to about 15,000, officials said in a release. Of those who received a CONUS COLA payment in 2018, 2,000 service members will see no change, 7,900 will see a payment increase, 2,600 will see a decrease and 15,000 will no longer receive any payment in 2019. But another 2,500 have been newly added to the list. Read more about the CONUS COLA rates in this Military.com story.
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