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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 068-13
February 06, 2013

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary George Little on Proposed 2014 Military Pay Raise

            “The Department of Defense (DoD) will propose a one percent pay raise for service members in calendar year 2014 as part of the forthcoming fiscal 2014 defense budget request to Congress. 

            “The proposal provides a pay raise for U.S. forces in an era of slowing defense spending.  In addition to this pay increase, the department will maintain important benefits for active duty service members and families, including housing and subsistence allowances, special pay, tuition assistance, health care, commissaries, child care and youth development programs, and military retirement benefits.  Further details will be made available in the fiscal 2014 budget submission. 

            “Given the current budget environment, this pay raise is less than previously projected but allows the Department to maintain critical investments in readiness and modernization going forward.  Department leaders preserved an increase in compensation as part of a balanced approach to future defense budgets that ensures service members are fully equipped, trained, and supported.”