The following is the May 8, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Military Pay: Key Questions and Answers. Read More
CAPITOL HILL — Lawmakers Friday morning challenged the military personnel chiefs to redouble their efforts recruiting and retaining female service-members because not doing so means potentially missing out on selecting the best from half the nation’s talent pool.
Recent challenges to Navy recruiting and retention have left the sea service 11,000 sailors short of its required manpower level in the short term, and about 50,000 sailors short of the estimated force needed to crew a 355-ship fleet. Read More
A federal program encouraging public service by paying-off federal school loan balances is poised to be canceled, potentially leaving thousands of active-duty officers with mountains of debt they expected to be forgiven. Read More
While the Navy and Marine Corps met all their recruiting and retention goals in quantity, quality, and diversity last year, their top recruiters told the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee that they are concerned about the future: the economy continues to improve, fewer young people are interested in enlisting, and marketing and bonus budgets hang in the balance. Read More
As I sat in my windowless office at the Washington Navy Yard on “lockdown” all day on Sept. 16 — unable to see or hear any of the mayhem that was occurring outside and also unable to assist, I felt helpless.