U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Perry Aston
President Barack Obama informed Congress on Aug. 28 that he intends to cap military pay raises at 1.3% next year. This is part of a plan to keep defense spending down, and in a letter to House and Senate leaders, the president called the move unfortunate, but necessary.
“As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare … we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course,” he wrote. “This effort requires tough choices, especially in light of budget constraints.”
If the pay cap stands, it will make this the third year of increases that fall below the estimated private-sector wage growth, further widening the pay gap between military and civilian salaries.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
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