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Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

Published: May 1st, 2015
Updated: June 2, 2015

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

How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your (Read the rest of the article…)

A 1.3% Proposal for 2016

Published: February 2nd, 2015
Updated: April 22, 2015

Today, 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

Published: January 8th, 2015
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…)

Initial 2016 Pay Raise Indicator Released

Published: October 31st, 2014
Updated: April 3, 2015

This morning 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 it that one of its indicators is used to determine any pay raise amount for 2016’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 both 2014 and 2015, ECI dictated a 1.8% raise. 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%, his one percent carried the day. The 2014 story looks to be repeating itself exactly for 2015. Without Congress finding the money in the budget to pay for the (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy SRB Guidance as of 10APR2014

Published: April 10th, 2014
Updated: August 10, 2015

NAVADMIN 081/14 has been superseded by NAVADMIN 106/15

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

Published: March 4th, 2014
Updated: October 20, 2014

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.

By what measure has there been a (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy SRB Guidance as of 26NOV2013

Published: November 26th, 2013
Updated: August 16, 2014

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

Published: November 19th, 2013
Updated: October 20, 2014

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…)

The Veto Threat

Published: July 23rd, 2013
Updated: August 16, 2014

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.

As reported by (Read the rest of the article…)

Budget Proposal for FY-14 Released

Published: April 10th, 2013
Updated: August 16, 2014

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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