(The Daily Caller) -- In the buildup to submitting its 2016 budget proposal this February, the Pentagon has admitted that benefits for troops will be slashed even more, continuing the downward trend over the past few years, The Hill reports.
The upcoming Pentagon budget is particularly important because it will span from 2016-2020. Apparently, for officials, the benefits are still too high. More cuts are on the way.
“We have and will continue to look at ways to slow the growth of compensation,” said Defense Department spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban on Monday. “I would expect these efforts to continue to some degree in the 2016 Defense Budget.”
Military groups are concerned, as 62,000 troops have been removed in the past three years.
And the pay raise included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of one percent — rather than 1.8 percent — feels hollow, given that housing allowances dropped by five percent and pharmaceutical co-pays increased. Some troops betrayed and frustrated, mainly because they’ve just finished fighting the longest war in the nation’s history.
“Not only has the rate of growth for personnel compensation growth slowed — it has gone negative for the last three years, from 2011 on,” said Retired Navy Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), in a recent interview with The Hill.