Cuts to military pay and benefits can’t wait, Pentagon tells Congress

By “>are proposing as part of the fiscal 2015 budget weren’t easy decisions, but Congress needs to okay them this year, or the overall military budget picture will get far gloomier over the next five years.

The Defense Department is taking heat from military associations and Capitol Hill not just for proposing trims to compensation, but also for the timing of the proposals. They come one year before the Congressionally-chartered

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But in budget hearings on Capitol Hill Tuesday and Wednesday, Pentagon officials insisted they’ve done enough analysis on their own to move forward with a package of changes that they said must be made immediately, including lower military pay raises, smaller housing allowances, an end to commissary subsidies and new out-of-pocket health care costs for military family members and retirees.


“If we wait until we have the commission results, then we’re going to have to take all of this money out of