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Navy SRB Guidance as of 10APR2014

Below is the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. Released April 10, 2014 via NAVADMIN 081/14. This is the first such update in more than a year.
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2015 DoD Budget Released

Today, March 4, 2014, President Obama released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015. This current budget proposal once again looks to reduce the amount of pay Servicemembers should be getting per U.S.C. Title 37. This will be two years in a row if the proposed 1% flies past Congress as it did last year.

From the President’s official release:

Since 2001, military pay and benefits have grown 40 percent more than in the private sector. The Budget proposes reforms to slow this cost growth, including changes to TRICARE, lower commissary subsidies phased in over time, and modestly slower growth in the Basic Allowance for Housing, while still providing a robust compensation and benefits system that honors the service of our men and women in uniform and their families. For calendar year 2015, the Budget provides a 1.0 percent increase to basic pay, a 1.5 percent increase in the Basic Allowance for Housing, and a 3.4 percent increase in the Basic Allowance for Subsistence. All of these changes have been recommended by the uniformed military leadership and are necessary to slow the growth in compensation and benefit costs in a responsible way and preserve funding needed for investments in platforms and readiness.

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Navy SRB Guidance as of 26NOV2013

The following NAVADMIN DOES NOT announce changes in rates, SRB award levels, or the process for submitting a request.

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Private Sector W&S at 1.8%, Again

Today, November 19, 2013, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released; yes, much later than normal — blame that on the recent government shutdown. Today’s release has the data that contains some important stuff for the serving Members of our military.

Up until this current year, it is the quarterly release that presidents have used to make a proposal for the military pay increases for over a decade in order to ensure our military member’s compensation keeps pace with that of the private sector. For 2014, President Obama, at the strong request of (Read the rest of the article…)


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The Veto Threat

Yesterday, the White House’s budget office threatened a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 if it contains, among other things, the full House’s approved version of the bill with a 1.8% pay raise for the Uniformed Servicemembers. The current one percent proposal of the President, as pushed by the Department of Defense, is lower than what the current law dictates (per Title 37), and would once again set the military on a path of creating a gap in pay with those in the civilian sector.

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Budget Proposal for FY-14 Released

10 April 2013, President Obama released his “Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2014.” I have taken the liberty to extract the portion within the Defense budget overview that related to our members and families. For 2014, the information for families is limited as compared to past years.
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NAVADMIN 077-13

Below is the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. Released March 26, 2013 via NAVADMIN 077/13.
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Private Sector W&S at 1.8%

Today, October 31, 2012, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released; whereas this is a normal quarterly event, this quarter’s result is the one of most importance to the members of our military. It is the quarterly release that presidents have used to make a proposal for the military pay increases for over a decade in order to ensure our military member’s compensation keeps pace with that of the private sector. Specifically, the private industry worker’s wage and salary series of the ECI as mandated for use by United States Code, Title 37. This year’s increase is a reported 1.8% for the 12 month period ending September 2012.

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Navy SRB Guidance as of 08SEP2012

Below is the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. Released September 08, 2012 via NAVADMIN 273/12.
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Eleventh Military Compensation Review Released

Today, the Department of Defense released its Eleventh Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC). Whereas the previous QRMC, released in August of 2008, dealt with many of the same issues, its focus was on “deferred and noncash compensation—an evaluation that examined military retirement, health care, and quality of life programs.” The new focus is on methods of compensation for those serving in specific jobs (rating/MOS),billets, and our Wounded Warriors.

From the release statement (bold emphasis is mine);

The 11th QRMC began its study by analyzing the relative standing of military compensation with civilian wages as context for decisions about elements of the military compensation system. The QRMC found that regular military compensation (RMC) for enlisted personnel and officers compares favorably with civilian wages for those with comparable education and experience. Highlights of the QRMC recommendations for each of the study areas follow.

The pay gap is officially closed? According to Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community (Read the rest of the article…)


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