The average U.S. Army sergeant stands to lose up to $5,000 in annual benefits under Obama’s proposed 2015 budget, according to analysis by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Reductions in commissary subsidies, increased military housing costs, and a one percent annual cap on military pay increases combine to place a real financial burden on America’s military families. A separate proposal out of the Pentagon suggests changes to the military retirement benefits, further compounding the problem. MOAA is concerned the cuts will force active duty service members to leave the military and may result in fewer recruits overall.
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