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Career Compensation Act of 1949

Public Law 81-351, Career Compensation Act of 1949, 63 STAT. 802-841

Public Law 81-351, also known as the "Career Compensation Act of 1949", signed by President Truman on the 12th of October 1949, is an Act "To provide pay, allowances, and physical disability retirement for members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Coast and Geodetic Survey, Public Health Service, the reserve components thereof, the National Guard, and the Air National Guard, and for other purposes."

The Career Compensation Act of 1949 was the first legislation that made reference to the primary element of Servicemembers' pay as “basic pay.” And, for the first time in the history of U.S. military personnel compensation, the law replaced the use of 7th through 1st Grade by incorporating the use of "E-1 through E-7" for enlisted; and replaced 1st through 8th Period by incorperating "O-1 through O-10" for officer for a rate or rank's position on the pay scale (E-1, E-2; O-1, O-2, etc.).

Public Law 81-351, 63 STAT. 802-841 [1]:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Career Compensation Act of 1949".

Title I -- Table of Contents and Definitions

SEC. 101. This Act is divided into titles and sections according to the following table of contents:

Table of Contents

Title I -- Table of Contents and Definitions

Title II -- Provisions Relating to Basic Pay and Special Pays

Title III -- Provisions Relating to Allowances

Title IV -- Provisions Relating to Retirement, Retirement Pay, Separation and Severance Pay for Physical Disability.

Title V -- Miscellaneous Provisions

PL 81-351 Page 2

[1]United States Statutes at Large, Volume 63, pg. 802-841, Government Printing Office.

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