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  1. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  2. Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group set up tents for a 25-bed hospital to aid Liberian health workers infected with Ebola on October 8 near Monrovia, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    Troops fighting Ebola will earn up to $400 extra per month

    U.S. troops deploying to West Africa for the Ebola mission could earn up to $400 a month in special pays, according to Defense Department officials.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  3. The amphibious assault ship Bataan arrives in Kusadasi, Turkey, on Oct. 4 for a liberty port. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, moved from U.S. 5th Fleet to 6th Fleet Friday, the first step in its voyage home to Norfolk, Va. MCSC Julie Matyascik/Navy

    Bataan ARG begins trek home, where extra pay awaits

    The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, with members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, transited the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea and 6th Fleet on Oct. 2 — the first step in the ARG's journey home.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  4. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps, Navy approve new pay for long deployments

    Marines and sailors deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. President Obama formally notified Congress on Aug. 29 that he wants to cap next year's military basic pay raise at 1 percent, unless Congress comes up with an alternative mandate. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images

    White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015

    The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. Marines prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific in July. Defense officials are considering additional pay for Marines whose deployments are extended. Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Marine Corps

    More pay for longer deployments

    Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit likely will be about $800 richer than expected when they get back from deployment this fall.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  7. A Marine security guard stands on the roof of one of the compounds inside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. The special duty pay for MSGs will be capped at $75 per month starting in October as the Marine Corps trims $35 million over a five year period from manpower spending. Adem Altan / AFP

    Some Marines emerge from SDA cuts well, while others take a hit

    Budget cuts are about to hit Marines' wallets in yet another way — special duty assignment pay.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  8. Recruiting is one of five special duty assignments Manpower experts can help Marines land. But the needs of the Corps outweigh individual preferences. Sgt. Scott Schmidt / Marine Corps

    SDAs provide extra edge for Marines

    With a shrinking Corps and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, the importance of completing a special duty assignment continues to mount for many career-minded Marines hoping to gain a leg up on the competition at their next selection board.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  9.  File photo

    Congress presses DoD for allotment system reform

    Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Pentagon to improve the paycheck allotment system that allows service members to direct portions of their biweekly pay to certain people or institutions.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  10. Pay panel appears wary of cutting compensation

    For years, the Pentagon's top brass has called for an overhaul of the entire military compensation system, claiming that the cost of troops' pay and benefits is soaring unsustainably and threatening future funding for readiness and weapons modernization.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  11. Beginning July 1, first-term Marines who re-enlist in one of 106 military jobs can take home thousands of dollars in bonuses. Cpl. Brady Wood / Marine Corps

    Re-up bonuses see big increase for FY15

    Beginning Tuesday, first-term Marines who re-enlist in one of 106 military jobs can take home thousands of dollars in bonuses, with top payouts reaching $51,000.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  12. View taken on November 20, 2009 shows the US Senate and Capitol Dome where the Senate will be in session tonight and all day tomorrow on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate will vote on Saturday night on whether to move to debate on the health care reform legislation, the first key procedural hurdle for the Senate plan and one that requires 60 votes from the 100-member body. AFP PHOTO/Tim Sloan TIM SLOAN / AFP

    House OKs defense spending bill with 1.8% pay raise

    The House approved a $570 billion defense spending proposal on Friday that would save the A-10 aircraft fleet, prohibit another base closure round and reject most of the Pentagon's planned pay and benefits trims.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  13. Some military household goods shipments 'held hostage'

    Some service members' household goods shipments are being held by subcontractors in an effort to force contractors to pay for other work they've performed, according to the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the executive agency responsible for

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  14. New wrinkle in 2015 pay raise debate

    Some House lawmakers have launched one more push to give troops more cash next year.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  15. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan prior to his handover to U.S. Special Forces soldiers last week. Screemshot via AP

    Bergdahl could collect 5 years of back pay, benefits

    The Army owes Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a lot of money.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  16.  File

    Survey: Lower pay raise would hurt troops' morale more than finances

    Nearly three-quarters of respondents to a Military Times survey believe that a proposal to give troops a smaller-than-expected pay raise next year would significantly harm morale.

    • May. 29, 2014
  17. Pentagon officials included a pay freeze for all high-ranking military personnel in paygrades O-7 and above in its budget plan. Getty Images

    Budget proposes pay freeze for higher-ranking officers

    The Pentagon brass has spent months urging lawmakers to support pay and benefits changes that could hurt troops' wallets. But those same top brass are also in line to take a hit to the wallet.

    • May. 28, 2014
  18. About 44,000 service members will see a pay cut effective June 1 when the Defense Department makes one of its periodic revisions to, and issues new restrictions for, imminent danger pay. Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall / Army

    New rules will halt imminent danger pay for 44,000

    The world looks like it's getting safer — at least according to military compensation officials.

    • May. 28, 2014
  19. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel approved plans to roll back BAH and cap next year's military pay raise at 1 percent. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Senate panel approves 1 percent pay raise, BAH cuts

    A Senate panel on Wednesday rejected Pentagon plans to cut commissary benefits and overhaul the Tricare system, all but ending defense officials' hope to make those changes next year.

    • May. 21, 2014
  20. Tracy Dice Johnson holds a flag from a 'widow's box' that platoon mates of her wife prepared during the service they had for their fallen comrade. Gerry Broome / AP

    Wife of female soldier killed in Afghanistan to receive death benefits

    The gay widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has received word from the Department of Veterans Affairs that she will receive the same full benefits that heterosexual widows and widowers receive.

    • May. 18, 2014
  21. Consumer Watch: Improved online store coming to exchange customers in July

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is rolling out a more customer-friendly online store that's expected to launch in early July.

    • May. 14, 2014
  22. House bill protects benefits, resists new BRAC

    During the annual defense authorization bill debate May 7, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said his goal was to 'hold on to as much stuff as we can' and hope for funding fixes down the road.

    • May. 14, 2014
  23. Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) play ultimate Frisbee with a United Arab Emirates team at the American School of Dubai during a scheduled port visit in April. MCS2 Shannon M. Smith / Navy

    DoD reinstates R&R for 9 countries

    The Defense Department has reinstated two-week rest and recuperation leave in nine countries for troops who deploy before June 1.

    • May. 12, 2014
  24. The Joint Chiefs of Staff testify about military compensation before the Senate Armed Services Committee at Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on May 6. Mike Morones/Staff

    DoD makes last-ditch plea for compensation cuts in 2015

    The Pentagon brass made a last stand Tuesday in the months-long battle for military compensation reform, imploring senators to back plans to trim troops' pay raises and benefits in the fiscal 2015 budget.

    • May. 6, 2014
  25. Marines with Fighter Attack Squadron 312 returned April 17 after a nine-month deployment aboard the carrier Truman. Under a new pay proposal, they would have made extra cash for an extended deployment. Steve Helber/The Associated Press

    CNO wants to reward fleet sailors, Marines on long deployments

    While Marines are downsizing and transitioning to a more expeditionary posture abroad, the Navy is considering sacrificing a carrier to budget cuts, which is likely to extend deployments for sailors and some Marine squadrons, and may also lead to extended

    • Apr. 27, 2014
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