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Defense Officials Ask Congress for Support with Military Pay, Housing, But It Will Likely Be Years in the Making

February 1, 2024

Drew Friedman

Federal News Network

By Drew Friedman, Federal News Network / January 31, 2024

The military’s senior enlisted leaders have just made what may be their final pitch to Congress ahead of a highly anticipated plan aiming to improve the quality of life for military personnel.

Pay, child care, housing, health care and spousal employment all remain major issues impacting the military’s recruitment and retention goals, the Defense Department officials told House Armed Services Committee (HASC) members during a panel hearing Wednesday.

Despite high agreement that changes are necessary, it will likely still be years before Congress and DoD can fully address the military’s quality-of-life challenges through the appropriations process.

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