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COLA Watch

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The Consumer Price Index dipped 0.2 percent in August, falling to 234.030. It now stands 1.6 percent above the FY2014 COLA baseline of 230.327. The July, August, and September CPIs will be used to calculate the 2015 COLA.

MOAA predicts the 2015 COLA to fall somewhere between 1.6 and 1.8 percent.

Information for the Consumer Price Index for the month of September is scheduled to be released on October 22.     


 

 

 

 

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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.