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January 26, 2010

So, the numbers for the 2011 fiscal budget are starting to come out and here are many opinions about the budgetary allocations to the military. Here are the breakdowns (via here and here)

-For all military: Pay raises of 1.4%.   –   This is likely the most controversial item as this is the lowest raise in the history of our all volunteer military (1973). Some suspect it is merely a reflection of our economic times/situation, others have a more sinister take on it (something along the lines of Obama being anti-military, not appreciating what they are doing, undervaluing the American soldier, etc). What do you think? Is this too low? Is it appropriate given our overall economic status? And FYI- the previous lowest raise was 2% in 1988.

-For all military, housing allowances (BAH): An average 4.2% increase overall.

-For military family support: $8.8 billion in funding (a 3% increase).  This money is allocated to counseling and support of both active-duty and reserve-component  families.

-Defense Department medical program: $30.9 bilion (5.8% increase). “$669 million would be devoted to treatment for traumatic brain injury and other mental health issues, while $250 million would go to fund continued research on mental health issues among service members.” according to the Military Times article.

-Military child care service availability: $1.36 billion. This number is up $87 million over the 2010 budget. Funding will go towards maintaining the high level of care and youth activity programs.

-Counseling and assistance services: $1.9 billion to expand availability, up $37 million from the previous year.

-Spouse career and education programs: $84 million to programs, tuition assistance and internship programs. This is up $12 million fro 2010.

Obviously the overarching theme to these budgetary requests are upping the accessibility and quality of care available to military families. First Lady Obama is attributing this to the administration’s ongoing goal to care for the troops and their families. So here are the questions to you readers: Is this enough? Is funding the issue or is access? Will funding help access? What do you think about the lowest pay raise in recent history? How will this effect you and your family? What would you like to see different?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 3:42 pm

    I think that it’s January of 2010 and to make assumptions about a proposed pay raise that’s still a year away is totally unrealistic. [I can also hear the right saying all the things that you said. Oy.]

    I highly doubt that this will stick and I can almost guarentee that it will rise.

    However, a blanket BAH raise is odd, but good. It’s never the same for every ranks, and I’ve actually seen it go DOWN for some people.

  2. LAW permalink
    January 26, 2010 4:30 pm

    being severely mathematically challenged, I’d love to know if the cuts/raises balance themselves out… and don’t forget. pay is taxed. BAH isn’t… so does that mean that a dollar in BAH raise is worth more in your pocket than a dollar in PAY raise???


  3. January 26, 2010 7:09 pm

    The Army Wife- I totally agree. I would not count on it staying at 1.4% either. The originally proposed pay raise for fiscal 2010 was 1.9%, so obviously went up. I wonder if the BAH increase is the maximum increase that someone could get rather than a blanket number?

  4. LopsidedMom permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:19 pm

    I watched about 5 min. of Mrs. Obama’s speech today and I admit it, I’m totally jaded. As a Reserve family, the impact of any of this is minimal. Even with ATPs, Hubs works far more hours than he is paid for, period. We have access to some of these proposals because we live in a relatively major city with an Air Forcce base…most Reserve families do not. Maybe jaded is the wrong word…it’s just fact.

  5. Tammy permalink
    February 25, 2010 10:49 pm

    The pay raise will be very interesting…while the vast majority of the country isn’t affected by the on going wars, nearly everyone has been impacted by the difficult economic times. So, the country as a whole may have a hard time swallowing a large payraise for the military. Not making a judgment on whether this is right or wrong, just saying the American people FEEL this in a way the majority cannot feel the wars’ impact.


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