Benefits for troops should not be whittled down….
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The Pentagon is planning another push to whittle down benefits for troops when it submits its 2016 budget to the White House in February, over fierce opposition from military groups and some in Congress,
“We have and will continue to look at ways to slow the growth of compensation,” said Defense Department spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban on Monday. “I would expect these efforts to continue to some degree in the 2016 Defense Budget.”
Pentagon officials acknowledge that the costs of troop benefits has dropped over the past few years. But they argue those benefits still eat up too much of the budget.
Pay and benefits cost approximately $185 billion in 2011. The total has fallen steadily each year since then, to reach $177 billion in 2014, according to Defense Department statistics.