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This research brief describes work documented in Military Compensation: Trends and Policy Options (DB-273-OSD) Military Compensation: Testimony Presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Personnel (CT-151) and Does Perstempo Hurt Reenlistment? The Effect of Long or Hostile Perstempo on Reenlistment (MR-990-OSD).

Excerpt: Since 1998, the armed services and Congress have engaged in a vigorous policy debate on military personnel issues and the adequacy of military compensation. Although this debate is not over, so far it has led to the passage of significant increases in military compensation, a restructuring of basic pay, and a re-reform of military retirement benefits. In addition, certain special pays have been increased, a step has been taken toward the introduction of a 401(k)-type thrift savings plan for service members, and a number of proposals have been put forth to increase the level of educational benefits.

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