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Understanding the Military Compensation Conundrum

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St. NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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The Defense Department spends roughly 25 percent of its budget on military personnel compensation. Since 2001, total personnel costs have grown by over 50 percent. Yet despite a concerted effort to ensure military personnel are paid competitive wages, service-member satisfaction with overall military life has remained stagnant.

Read the Report
The Military Compensation Conundrum: Rising Costs, Declining Budgets, and a Stressed Force Caught in the Middle

Panel discussion with:

Jason Dempsey
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Carla Tighe Murray
Senior Analyst, National Security Division
Congressional Budget Office

Cristin Orr Shiffer 
Senior Advisor for Policy and Survey, Blue Star Families

Moderated by:

Chris Marvin
Principal, Marvin Strategies


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