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New Report: The Military Compensation Conundrum

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Washington, D.C. – An unfortunate combination of budget cuts and inefficient, outdated personnel policies has resulted in a perpetually stressed military force. A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, The Military Compensation Conundrum, looks at factors affecting job satisfaction for service members and their families.

“Troops with low job satisfaction are more likely to leave military service and take with them years of experience and the considerable investments in their training. This damages not just the military but also U.S. national security,” Blaise Misztal, director or BPC’s National Security Program, said.

National security requirements should be the rationale for any major decisions impacting the U.S. military. Unfortunately, the Budget Control Act and sequestration are forcing civilian and military leaders to make critical decisions with limited regard for their national security implications. The effect on the military has been profound.

“A shrinking military, brought about by budget cuts, places an additional workload on the service members who remain. Additionally, current trends deter those who might be interested in joining the military, which further erodes the ability of the Defense Department to execute its national security mission,” Steve Bell, senior fellow at BPC, said.

This report is one of a series prepared by BPC staff ahead of the final report that will be issued next year by BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel which will contain recommendations aimed at ensuring that the United States maintains its military advantage.

Read the full report.

Later today, BPC will also post audio of a discussion with experts about issues raised in the report. That will be available at the same link as for the report above.

KEYWORDS: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011, TASK FORCE ON DEFENSE PERSONNEL