Updated: November 4, 2017
Today, October 31, 2017, at 0830EST, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released. The releasing of the ECI by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is an eagerly awaited quarterly economic indicator for those in the stock market and politics. What makes this morning’s release important to the United States military is this one is the main economic indicator is used to determine any pay raise amount for 2019’s raise.
The indicator from ECI that is utilized for the 2019 raise is the “wages and salaries, for private industry workers for the period ending September 2017”; this morning’s number is 2.6. For 2019, the military should see a raise of 2.6 percent; however, if the last five years are an indication, the Department of Defense will once again request a lesser amount, and it is likely that the President Trump will follow that recommendation.
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Updated: October 20, 2017
With the announcement one week ago today, October 13, 2017, by the Department of Defense Chief of Accessions, Stephanie Miller, of, “Effective immediately, all green card holders must complete a background investigation and receive a favorable military suitability determination prior to entering any component of the armed forces” came many questions to my blog and email from applicants and Future Sailors alike.
Most of the questions are similar to one I received by one Future Sailor. His question was this: “I am currently in DEP as a green card holder, and I was informed by my recruiter that my original ship date will be delayed due to a new protocol of an additional background investigation. How long will these background checks last?”
First, it isn’t an additional background check. (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: November 13, 2017
Over the next few weeks, the Senate will be working diligently on their version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (2018 NDAA). The Senate’s current version, as of today, August 12, 2017, contains language that supports President Trump’s desire for a 2.1 percent military pay raise for fiscal year 2018 (effective January 1, 2018).
By July 14th, the full House of Representatives had already deliberated and passed their version of the 2018 NDAA, H.R. 2810, by a vote of 344-81, which states under section 601, ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT OF BASIC MONTHLY PAY, “The adjustment in the rates of monthly basic pay required by subsection (a) of section 1009 of title 37, United States Code, to be made on January 1, 2018, shall take effect, notwithstanding any determination made by the President under subsection (e) of such section with respect to an alternative pay adjustment to be made on such date.”
To simplify subsection (a) of section 1009 of title 37, United States Code, it essentially says that a military pay raise percentage will be derived using a measurement of the Employment Cost Index (ECI) for the base quarter of the year before (for the three-month period ending on September 30 of such year); specifically (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: June 21, 2017
Released June 21, 2017 via NAVADMIN 144/17, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.
Updated: May 24, 2017
Because a Sailor’s Projected Rotation Date (PRD), Prescribed Sea Tours (PST), and the end of their active obligated service (EAOS) dates were all over the map; it made planning for a Sailor’s loss to a command a little precarious – at least until the Sailor would make a decision about re-enlistment, and often times that decision would come late. To try and remedy this problem, the Navy officially began the T+X Accession Program in 2011.
To calculate a Sailor’s enlistment obligation, instead of the hard and fast 4 year (48 month) enlistment, the formula “T+X” would be used. The “T” in the equation is the average length in months of initial training (boot-camp, A School, etc.), the “X” is equal to the calculated length of the first operational tour for the rating enlisted. For those ratings that would benefit from a longer period of enlistment, the obligation is extended from the traditional 48 months to 60 months.
Beginning with those leaving for boot-camp in FY-2018 (October 1, 2017), (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: July 6, 2017
According to the “Department of the Navy Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Estimates”, released May 23, 2017, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength for 2018 will increase by about 1500 Sailors over 2017.
Updated: March 28, 2017
Today, March 28, 2017, the United Kingdom Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) released its recommendation for a one percent pay increase for the military personnel effective April 1, 2017.
Sponsored by the British Ministry of Defence, the AFPRB is an independent commission that provides advice to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence on the compensation and charges for members of the Naval, Military and Air Forces of the Crown.
In line with our terms of reference, we make recommendations based on all the evidence we receive, including what is presented formally, what we hear from Service personnel on visits, and the data on pay comparability discussed above. We gave appropriate weight to the Government’s evidence on the economy, affordability and public sector pay policy, and considered the cost of living and pay settlements more generally, taking into account that Service personnel retain incremental pay scales and a non-contributory pension scheme. We also looked at recruitment, retention and motivation in the Armed Forces overall. We continue to have significant concerns, especially in respect of retention and motivation, but on balance, we conclude that the evidence justifies a one per cent across the board increase in base pay for 2017-18.
Updated: June 21, 2017
Released December 21, 2016 via NAVADMIN 284/16, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.
Updated: February 2, 2017
Today, December 7, 2016, the United States Senate invoked cloture for the Conference report relating to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 92-7. The cloture will allow for minimal debate and should bring a final vote by close of business Friday.
On Friday, December 2nd, the full House passed the reconciled bill by an overwhelming vote of 375-34. The bill is expected to pass the full Senate with equal enthusiasm. Once passed by the Senate, the 2017 NDAA will be forwarded to President Obama for signature.
The Conference report is a reconciliation of differences between the House of Representative and Senate bills. The reconciled bill adopts, amoung many other items, the House’s desire for a 2.1 percent military basic pay raise for 2017 which is one half percent higher than what was requested by the Department of Defense budget input and later (Read the rest of the article…)
Updated: October 28, 2016
Today, October 28, 2016, at 0830EST, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released. The releasing of the ECI by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is an eagerly awaited quarterly economic indicator for those in the stock market and politics; but what makes this morning’s release important to our military is that one of the main indicators is used to determine any pay raise amount for 2018’s raise.
According to U.S. Code Title 37, that is how it is supposed to work unless the President determines that the state of the economy is such that he must intervene. (Read the rest of the article…)