Compensation and Enlisted Manning Shortfalls
Center for Naval Analyses Alexandria United States
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One of the biggest issues of concern to military personnel is the military pay gap. Many are troubled by the possibility that the level of military pay has declined significantly relative to that of civilian wages. A common concern is that a civilian-military wage differential will quickly lead to retention and recruiting problems for the military. Furthermore, many in the Navy believe that these differentials are more prevalent in some ratings than in othersspecifically, that the highly technical ratings are having the largest retention and recruiting problems as a result of relatively high civilian pay.