9-13-2013

Alternative Military Pay Plan

In a recent letter to Congress, President Obama referenced his authority under Title 37 to set military pay increases for FY 2014 at one percent – the amount requested in the Administration’s budget for the new fiscal year – versus the Employment Cost Index (ECI) level of 1.8 percent.

The House supports the authorization of the higher amount as part of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), however, it’s unclear if the full Senate will follow its Armed Services Committee’s recommendation for the lower rate.

FRA strongly supports the 1.8-precent pay hike for service members to maintain pay comparability with the civilian sector and will continue its advocacy on this matter as Congress works to approve a final version of the NDAA.