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COLA Watch

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The Consumer Price Index continued to climb in March, rising to 232.560. It now stands 1.0 percent above the FY2014 COLA baseline of 230.327. 

 

 

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COLAs and Military Retired Pay

Government retired pay promises must be kept, including annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to prevent erosion of retirees' purchasing power by inflation.

Retired Pay versus Active Duty Pay Adjustments

Retired pay and active duty pay increases are different in most years because they are based on different compensation principles.