Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

Raise to get or keep Gls clearing obstacle course

The House approved a compromise military pay package giving soldiers raises ranging from 10 to 17 persent. The Senate was expected to give prompt approval to the pay increase, which may cost taxpayers about $5 billion next year.

The House originally voted to give an across-the-board 14.2 percent raise, reflecting a concern about recruiting new personnel to the all-volunteer armed services. The Senate originally opted for a range of increases, with the largest going to experienced personnel, in an effort to retain them in the service. But the compromise bill, worked out by a House-Senate committee, provides increases of 10.7 to 17 percent for enlisted personnel and 14.3 percent for officers.

About these ads

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.