Military Personnel. Military and Civilian Pay Comparisons Present Challenges and Are One of Many Tools in Assessing Compensation
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 required that we conduct a study comparing pay and benefits provided by law to members of the Armed Forces with that of comparably situated private-sector employees to assess how the differences in pay and benefits affect recruiting and retention of members of the Armed Forces.4 Specifically, our objectives were to 1 assess total military compensation for active duty officers and for enlisted personnel 2 compare private-sector pay and benefits for civilians of similar age, education, and experience with similar job responsibilities and working conditions of officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces and 3 assess the 10th QRMC recommendation to include regular military compensation and select benefits when comparing military and civilian compensation to ascertain if it is appropriate. The focus of this review was active duty servicemembers perspectives on compensation. That is, we focused on cash compensation and the value of benefits to servicemembers versus the cost to the government of providing compensation.
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