Military Could See Biggest Pay Raise in 20 Years

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President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for 2023 could put more cash in the hands of America’s service members. The proposal calls for a 4.6{514e388c53da292c7e6c20ec936220f24b10a798f922d9df7a2625a05640f557} pay increase for troops, the largest pay increase since 2002. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.

The White House released a proposed federal budget Monday, March 28, that includes a 4.6% pay raise for American military members — the largest increase in 20 years — along with a revamping of allowances and funding programs that support military families.

The pay bump is part of the Biden administration’s proposed budget for the Department of Defense next year, which in turn is part of the White House’s proposed US Government Budget for 2023.

Biden’s suggested pay bump, which would go into effect in January 2023, would put roughly another $140 each month in the pocket of an E-5 with four years of service, Coffee or Die Magazine calculated, and $530 for an O-6 20 years into his or her career.

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Airman 1st Class Kayla Casey assists an airman with pre-deployment paperwork, Oct. 13, 2017, at the customer service window of the finance office of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York. US Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie J. Lambert.

Airman 1st Class Kayla Casey assists an Airman with pre-deployment paperwork, Oct. 13, 2017, at the customer service window of the finance office.of the 109th Airlift Wing Comptroller Flight, Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, N.Y. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie J. Lambert

In order for the raises to become a reality, Congress would have to adopt the recommendations in an eventual defense spending bill, a move that could only come after many layers of review, hearings, and input from politicians of all parties.

But if adopted, the bump would be largest pay increase for troops since 2002.

The 2023 spending plan puts the Pentagon’s budget at $773 billion, a nearly 10% increase from current levels.

The Biden proposal also includes a massive jump of 29% in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the tune of $31 billion. Under the proposed budget, the VA would be allotted $135 billion in discretionary funding, including $119 billion for medical care, a 32% increase for inpatient, outpatient, mental health, and long-term care services and training programs for clinicians and health professionals.

“I’m calling for one of the largest investments in our national security in history, with the funds needed to ensure that our military remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world,” Biden said in a statement.

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Dustin Jones is a former senior staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine covering military and intelligence news. Jones served four years in the Marine Corps with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He studied journalism at the University of Colorado and Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter in Southwest Montana and at NPR. A New Hampshire native, Dustin currently resides in Southern California. He wants to hear your stories and tips at dustin.jones@blackriflecoffee.com.
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