Sequestration still has military families feeling uneasy

| February 17, 2017

Knowing the presidential transition would take place in January 2017, military families still expressed high levels of anxiety about sequestration in response to a December 2016 survey.

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Does rebuilding the military include BRAC?

| January 27, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman (HASC) Mac Thornberry wrote an opinion piece for, “Here’s how we will make America’s military great again.” Rep.

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Will the Budget Control Act be repealed under the new administration?

| January 20, 2017

This week Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released his recommendations for the FY 2018-2021 defense budget, called “Restoring American Power.”

McCain’s blunt assessment of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) budget and the negative effect it has had on our nation’s military includes stating that “We are now at a tipping point.” Referencing the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which resulted in sequestration, McCain argues that by forcing DoD “to start the year locked into the previous year’s budget” is, in practice, a budget cut.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration

| December 23, 2016

This week Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said the service is “critically short of personnel and needs to expand by more than 30,000 active-duty service members.” In a USA TODAY interview, Gen.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration and shutdown

| November 10, 2016

Exactly three-quarters of military families surveyed in the latest First Command Financial Behaviors Index® are anxious about cuts to defense spending. A slightly smaller amount (72 percent) anticipate being financially affected by cuts.

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DoD budget cuts mean shorter vacations for military families

| August 21, 2016

America’s career military families are dialing back their vacation plans this summer, driven by persistent concerns about defense downsizing. In fact, 73 percent of middle-class military families surveyed* say their plans have changed as a result of defense spending cuts.

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The changing terrain: Military families react to annual pay raise

| July 8, 2016

When it comes to benefits, military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay grades E-5 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) unsurprisingly rank basic pay as the most important.

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The changing terrain: Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) releases “Losing Our Edge” report

| July 1, 2016

The non-profit organization Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released the report Losing Our Edge: Pentagon Personnel Reform and the Dangers of Inaction on Wednesday. The report makes it clear that the Department of Defense (DoD) is in dire need of consistent funding and a new personnel management system that is more appealing to potential recruits.

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The changing terrain: Federal budget priorities

| March 25, 2016

Military families have weighed in on what they believe should be the federal government’s top priority budget spending areas for 2017. Respondents to the most recent First Command Financial Behaviors Index® survey were asked to rank their top three most important budget investment priorities for next year.

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The changing terrain: military retirement

| March 4, 2016

Military families are divided about the retirement reform changes in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, as seen in the latest First Command Financial Behaviors Index® survey.

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