National Security

Obama Gives Military 1 Percent Pay Raise

AP

A majority of U.S. military service members will receive a 1 percent pay raise in their basic pay beginning in January 2015, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

However, those enlisted members further down the military totem poll will see no pay raise, according to the announcement.

"Basic pay for service members will increase one percent, except for general and flag officers who will not see an increase in 2015," the Pentagon announced.

This means that an Army member with the rank of corporal or specialist will receive an additional $22.20 per month, while those service members with the rank of captain will get a pay increase of around $54.30 per month.

This amounts to an overall increase of around one percent for most service members.

A service member’s housing allowance will increase "on average $17 per month, or 0.5 percent," according to the Pentagon.

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate will undergo changes in 2015.

Renter’s insurance, for example, has been eliminated.

Additionally, housing rates have been reduced by around one percent for service members under the revised BAH.

Payments to around 12,000 service members living in higher-cost areas also will decrease. Another 7,000 will see an increase or no change in these specific payments.

Additionally, there will be a nearly 3 percent increase to the monthly food stipend in order to account for a rise in the cost of food, the Pentagon says.

"The annual adjustments to basic allowance for subsistence—a monthly nontaxable cash payment to military members intended to be used to buy food—are linked to changes in food prices as measured by the annual change in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cost of Food at Home Index," it said. "From the beginning of October 2013 through the end of September 2014, the index rose by 2.9 percent, forming the basis for the increased [Basic Allowance for Subsistence] rates."

Enlisted members will now receive $367.92 a month for feed, while officers will receive $253.38 a month.