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Bill Moran: DoD to Seek More Info on Proposed Military Compensation, Retirement System

Vice Adm. Bill Moran
Vice Adm. Bill Moran

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran said the Pentagon could ask the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission for more details on its proposals for military retirement and healthcare reforms, the Military Times reported Thursday.

He noted that Defense Department officials would like to see the data on which the commission based its proposals before the department gives its full response, Patricia Kime and Andrew Tilghman report.

“[The commission] claims they’ve done all the analysis but we have not been able to see what’s inside that analysis, so I’m anxious to see it,” Moran said.

The recommendations of the blue-ribbon panel, which Congress formed in 2013, include a 20-percent cut in military pensions, a lump-sum bonus after 12 years in service and a retirement benefit for soldiers who serve under 20 years, the report said.

Kime and Tilghman write that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is due to submit a response to the White House on the commission’s report on March 13, while President Barack Obama will release the administration’s response by April 1.

According to the report, DoD has previously indicated concerns over the effect of rising personnel costs on modernization programs as well as interest in a flexible retirement system but remains wary of the potential impact on force stability and retention.

The commission said in its report that military personnel favored the proposed changes, Kime and Tilghman note.

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