Accession Number : ADA607678


Title :   Military Retirement: Alternate Final Pay and Cost of Living Indexing


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Trager, Joseph R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a607678.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 77


Abstract : This paper analyzes military retirement reform; comparing the current retirement plan, HI-3 adjusted annually by CPI-W, to proposals that change base retirement pay and/or COLA indexing. The proposed changes to base retirement pay are a HI-4 or HI-5 plan and changes to COLA indexing are to use Chained CPI or CPI minus 1 percent. The plans were modeled to estimate the present value from the perspective of the government and retiree. By implementing HI-4 or HI-5 Chained CPI the government can save an estimated $0.3 to $1.7 billion per retiree cohort, respectively, and would result in an average loss to the present value to the retiree of $5,000 to $88,000. The government is indifferent if either Chained CPI or CPI minus 1 percent plan is implemented as either plan offers equal savings. The method used to adjust COLA effects officers and enlisted differently with officers preferring CPI minus 1 percent and Chained CPI preferred by enlisted retirees. However, Chained CPI has a lower loss of present value to the individual than CPI minus 1 percent when averaged over a retiree cohort.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *RETIREMENT(PERSONNEL) , COSTS , ENLISTED PERSONNEL , ESTIMATES , LOW LOSS , OFFICER PERSONNEL , RETIREMENT , SALARIES , SAVINGS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE