October 17, 2013
The Military Compensation Reform and Modernization Committee
has launched a new website where stakeholders can comment. To make sure your
voice is heard, click
The FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
established a 9 member independent commission to review all military
compensation, benefits and retirement. Its findings and final recommendations
could have a major impact on future decisions regarding military compensation,
benefits and retirement.
The commission has been instructed by President Obama to not
alter the current retirement system for those already serving, retired or in
the process of retiring. Along with a review of military compensation,
the President asked that the commission look at the “interrelationship of the
military’s current promotion system…as well as associated force shaping tools.”
The president has stated that the commission must review
“the full breadth of the systems,” including healthcare, military family
support, and any federal programs that could influence the decision of current
or future servicemembers to stay in uniform or leave the service.
The commission is tasked with studying and making
recommendations on a wide range of topics, including:
- manpower and compensation
- living standards
- motivation to advance
The members of the Commission are:
The chairman of the Commission is the Honorable Alphonso
Maldon, Jr., a retired Army officer, and the Founder and President/CEO of
Partnership Strategies Consulting. He is also a founding partner of Major
League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. During the Clinton administration, he
was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Policy,
responsible for policies, plans and programs for all military and civilian
personnel management and oversaw the Department’s commissaries/stores and Department of Defense schools.
- Senator Larry Pressler: Rhodes Scholar,
U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran (1966-1968). Former Republican U.S. Senator
(1979-1997) and Congressman (1975-1979) from South Dakota.
- Senator Bob Kerrey: U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran,
Medal of Honor Recipient. Former Democratic U.S. Senator from Nebraska
(1989-2001) and Governor of Nebraska (1983-1987).
- Honorable Dov Zakheim: Former Undersecretary of
Defense (Comptroller) (2001-2004).
- Mr. Mike Higgins: Retired U.S. Air Force
officer, former professional staff member, House Armed Services Committee
(1990-2013) and MOAA Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award recipient in
- General Peter W. Chiarelli, USA (Ret): Former
U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff (2008-2012).
- Congressman Chris Carney: A currently serving
naval reserve officer, Carney is a former Democratic Representative from
- Congressman Stephen Buyer: Retired U.S. Army
Reserve officer. Former Republican Representative from Indiana and former
Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.
- Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, Jr., USN (Ret).
Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2007).
The Commission has an aggressive schedule and the Pentagon is
required to provide their recommendations to the Commission no later than
November 1, 2013. Before making their final recommendations to the
President, the Commission must examine the impacts of proposed recommendations
on currently serving members, retirees, spouses, children and survivors;
DoD-specific programs such as pay and retirement, MWR, commissaries, exchanges,
housing, dependent schools; DoD and VA programs such as health care,
disability, survivor, education, dependent support; Department of Education
Impact Aid; and support/funding to states, territories, colleges and
The commission’s report is due on May 1, 2014.