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Document: Report on Military Personnel Issues before Congress

The following is the Jan. 23, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues.

From the document: 

Military personnel issues typically generate significant interest from many Members of Congress and their staffs. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has selected a number of the military personnel issues considered in deliberations on H.R. 4909 as passed by the House on May 26, 2016, S. 2943 as passed by the Senate on July 21, 2016, and the final enacted bill (P.L. 114-328) which was signed by the President on December 23, 2016. This report provides a brief synopsis of sections in each bill that pertain to selected personnel policies. These include issues such as military end-strengths, pay and benefits, military healthcare (TRICARE), military retirement, and other major policy issues.

This report focuses exclusively on the annual national defense authorization act (NDAA) legislative process. It does not include language concerning appropriations, or tax implications of policy choices, topics that are addressed in other CRS products. Issues that have been discussed in the previous year’s defense personnel reports are designated with an asterisk in the relevant section titles of this report.


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  • Michael D. Woods

    That’s interesting, but where the uniformed people in the list of authors? Have any of them actually served?

  • Michael D. Woods

    Sorry to write again so quickly, but although I liked Mr. Obama in a lot of ways, neither he nor his cabinet officers got this. If you want to cut end-strength, you’ve got to stop all these deployments. He didn’t do that and wanted to load all the burden on the members of the armed forces and their equipment (that’s also deteriorating). In WWII, my father-in-law didn’t see his first child until she was two years old because it was “for the duration.” My own father was a B-17 pilot and spent 16 months in Stalag Luft Eins but didn’t marry Mom until 1946. Try “for the duration” now and have a draft and see how fast the citizens demand a conclusive victory!

    • Ed L

      My Dad and his Brothers, my Mom’s Brother all were in uniform during WW2 except for one Uncle who I was told rather gifted in languages, He was no where to be found for a few years. 2 of my Uncles were in the National Guard and federalize in 40, one got home in 45 and the other in 46. Uncle Bill joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor and from March of 42 till 46 did not get home. My Dad made it home in 46. Mom’s Brother got shot up real bad at Bougainville so he got lucky spending 13 months in hospital before spending the rest of the war pulling guard duty in Virginia.