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FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Policy Issues

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Military personnel issues typically generate significant interest from many Members of Congress and their staffs. Ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the emerging operational role of the Reserve Components, further heighten interest in a wide range of military personnel policies and issues. The Congressional Research Service CRS selected a number of the military personnel issues considered in deliberations on the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2010. This report provides a brief synopsis of sections that pertain to personnel policy. It includes background information and a discussion of the issue, along with a table that contains a comparison of the bill H.R. 2647 passed by the House on June 25, 2009, and the bill S. 1390 introduced and reported to the full Senate on July 2, 2009. The column for S. 1390 will be updated following Senate action on the bill. A third column will be completed after action on a final version by both chambers. Where appropriate, other CRS products are identified to provide more detailed background information and analysis of the issue. For each issue, a CRS analyst is identified and contact information is provided. Note some issues were addressed in the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act and discussed in CRS Report RL34590, FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act Selected Military Personnel Policy Issues, coordinated by Lawrence Kapp, concerning that legislation. Those issues that were previously considered in CRS Report RL34590, FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act Selected Military Personnel Policy Issues are designated with a in the relevant section titles of this report. This report focuses exclusively on the annual defense authorization process. It does not include appropriations, veterans affairs, tax implications of policy choices or any discussion of separately introduced legislation.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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