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Navy SRB Guidance as of September 2016

Updated: September 22, 2016

Released September 20, 2016 via NAVADMIN 212/16, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

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Navy SRB Guidance as of July 5, 2016

Updated: September 21, 2016

Released July 5, 2016 via NAVADMIN 155/16, a Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.
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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 (Read the rest of the article…)

FY 2017 Green Book and Military Pay

Updated: March 25, 2016

Today, March 24, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) publically released the National Defense Budget Estimates for FY 2017, otherwise known as the “Green Book”. The Green Book provides cost projections for future years, normally the five out-years. It is the first official look into what the DoD believes its budget will be and how they plan to spend it.

The FY-2017 Green Book projects military and DoD civilian personnel’s pay raises to be in lockstep for the next five years. For 2017, the projection of 1.6 percent over 2016 approved raise matches President Obama’s proposal he put forth back in February.
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Navy SRB Guidance as of February 18, 2016

Updated: February 20, 2016

Released February 18, 2016 via NAVADMIN 036/16, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.
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A 1.6% Pay Raise Proposal for 2017

Updated: February 12, 2016

Tomorrow, February 9, 2016, President Obama will release his eighth and final fiscal year (FY) budget proposal for his two terms in office. The President’s FY-2017 proposal will cover all departments within the government including the Department of Defense.

Where there are many line items of interest, the one that is covered the most here is compensation; most specifically, pay. This year’s budget request will see just a 1.6 percent increase in Basic Pay over 2016.

As what is normal for these budget proposals, the amount of any increase indicated for Basic Allowance for Housing for 2017 will be just a swaged placeholder amount – don’t get excited over it.

The thing that is most noteworthy about the President’s Basic Pay proposal is the fact that it is once again below the standard that has been used to calculate such pay raises. The base being, according to Title 37 United States Code §1009 — Adjustments of monthly basic pay, the Employment Cost Index (ECI). Per Title 37, the increase in Basic Pay for 2017 should be 2.1 percent. The President’s proposal of 1.6 percent is one half percent less.

Not a big deal, it is just a half percent, right? Well, for a single year that may be the case, but if allowed to pass – if Congress cannot find the money to fund 2.1 percent – 2017 will be the fourth year in a row that Basic Pay raises have been below the automated ECI adjustment (2014 ECI at 1.8%; 2015 ECI at 1.8%; 2016 ECI at 2.3% — 2014 pay raise at 1%(-0.8); 2015 (Read the rest of the article…)

First 2017 Military Pay Raise Indicator Released

Updated: December 5, 2015

Today, October 30, 2015, 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 2017’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. For 2014, 2015, and for 2016 ECI indicated a higher raise than what was ultimately passed. For 2014, President Obama stepped in and followed the recommendation of the Department of Defense (DOD) to mandate just a one percent raise, and because Congress did not find the money in the budget to pay for the additional 0.8 percent, his one percent carried the day. The 2014 story repeated itself exactly for 2015. The ECI for 2016’s raise indicated a 2.3 percent raise, but it will be a full one percent lower because neither Houses of Congress ultimately found the money. A 1.3 percent raise for 2016 will (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

Updated: July 12, 2016

NAVADMIN 106/15 has been superseded by NAVADMIN 036/16.

Released May 1, 2015 via NAVADMIN 106/15, the latest Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your current basic military pay (times) number of SRB eligible months reenlisting for (divided by 12) then multiplied by the SRB award level for your zone. Zone A is 2 to 6 years, Zone B is 6 to 10 years and Zone C is 10 to 14 years of active service.

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A 1.3% Proposal for 2016

Updated: February 8, 2016

Today, February 2, 2015, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal 2016. The defense portion of the national budget would amount to $534 billion; roughly eight percent above that enacted for fiscal year 2015. But only a small portion of that increase will end up in the pockets of our Servicemembers.

Unless Congress can find the monies required, the (Read the rest of the article…)

Less Pay, More Work

Updated: April 3, 2015

In 2009, only a month after his Inauguration, President Obama released his first national budget proposal. The FY-2010 proposal included priorities he promised during his campaign; healthcare, education, clean energy, and for those in uniform, a few items that may have been unexpected.

While reviewing President Obama’s first budget proposal, it becomes apparent that his concern for the wellbeing of the nation’s military and its Veterans was also a priority.

For the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the President’s budget proposal, “…provides the resources for effective implementation of the post-9/11 GI Bill”, and, more importantly, it (Read the rest of the article…)

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