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Both Houses must Reconcile Bill's differences

Senate Passes 2017 NDAA

Updated: June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016, the full Senate passed their version of the National Defense Authorization bill for 2017 by a vote of 85 to 13. The bill supports a 1.6 percent military basic pay raise which is one half percent less than the full House of Representatives bill that includes a 2.1 percent raise which is in-line with the Employment Cost Index.

Both houses of Congress must now meet and reconcile the differences in the two bills before a final bill can be sent to President Obama for final approval and signature. One of those differences is the amount of pay raise for those in the Armed Forces. President Obama has indicated problems with both the House and the Senate bills; the President has threatened to veto both current renditions.

It remains unlikely that the combined bill will contain a higher raise than the one proposed by both the President and the Senate. Expect the pay raise for 2017 to be at 1.6 percent.

3 Responses to “Senate Passes 2017 NDAA”

  1. Rick says:

    Our active dutyand military service persons need this raise and deserve it. I say approve, vote and pass a raise of 1.8 percent and reserve the 2.2 for 2019 for our servicemembers.

  2. Josterli says:

    Hi NavyDoc,

    I’m unfamiliar with the process. Are the new medical regulations for entry passed with this? Is it possible to get a link to the new regs? I have used google, but am only finding PDF’s from 2010. Thanks!


  3. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The medical standards are created by the Department of Defense and have nothing to do with the NDAA or Congress. The new standards — which will be more strict for just about everything except a couple of orthopedic issues — isn’t expected out until the October timeframe; at that time they will be made public just as the current regulations are.

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