A Look at DoD’s FY2015 Budget
The big news this week was the look at the Pentagon’s proposed FY15 budget, which will be formally sent to Congress on Monday. Here are some of the highlights regarding force reduction, pay and benefits.
1 percent pay increase for servicemembers, but pay freeze for general and flag officers for one year.
Army would be cut to somewhere between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers. The Army National Guard would cut 20,000, dropping to 335,000 by 2017, and the Army Reserve would cut 10,000, going to 195,000.
Marines would shrink from a force of 190,000 to 182,000.
Housing allowances would slow until they reach a 5 percent out-of-pocket contribution. Subsidies for military commissaries would be reduced by $1 billion. TRICARE deductibles and co-pays would increase.
The Pentagon will ask for approval for another round of base realignment and closure in 2017.
Request for Additional Funding
An additional $26 billion was made through a separate request called the “Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative.” This money would go toward improving military readiness.
Sources: defensenews.com, defenseone.com