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DoD to Study Compensation

051205-M-9499D-009The Department of Defense yesterday announced the start of the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, which will zone in on combat pay, compensation for reserve-component servicemembers, caregivers and survivors and pay incentives for critical career fields.

Appointed to lead the review is Thomas L. Bush, a former senior executive who recently worked in the office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and as the principal director for manpower and personnel in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs.

In an April 28 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel Policy William J. Carr said military pay is competing well against the private sector, as evidenced by the high rate of recruitment and retention. Carr said using regular military compensation as a comparison, military members are paid higher than 70 percent of their private-sector counterparts who have similar education and experience.

The 11th review, which will take about two years to complete, will focus on compensation for service performed in a combat zone, combat operation, or hostile fire area, or while exposed to a hostile fire event; Reserve and National Guard compensation; compensation benefits for wounded warriors, caregivers, and survivors of fallen servicemembers; and pay incentives for critical career fields such as mental health professionals, linguists and translators.

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