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A lesson From Across the Pond

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.

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Navy SRB Guidance as of December 2016

Updated: January 8, 2017

Released December 21, 2016 via NAVADMIN 284/16, the latest Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update.

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Military Single-Salary Pay System

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…)

First 2018 Military Pay Raise Indicator Released

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…)

Navy SRB Guidance as of September 2016

Updated: December 21, 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.

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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…)

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