Military Expected To Get Pay Raise

Military Expected To Get Pay Raise

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A defense bill that will increase the pay rate for the military by a little over 2.5 percent is making it's way to the president's desk. It will be the highest pay hike in nine years. 

"We obviously think that paying our troops is probably paying them adequately. It's almost impossible when you are expecting people to be dedicating their lives to the service of their country," said Tony Keating, civilian aid to the secretary of the Army.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 passed the Senate Wednesday, with 87 Senators in support of the bill and 10 opposed after making its way through Congress last week with a 359 to 54 vote. 

"I think our members of the military do pretty well, but every little bit helps and they certainly deserve this pay increase," said Edward Keel, executive director of Advocate Drum.

He doesn't think members of the armed services are underpaid, rather, he interprets the increase in monthly basic pay as a commitment to national defense.

"I think it just shows a strong commitment to national defense. I think it shows the appreciation of a country that is grateful for a military that has been at war for really the last 18 years," said Keel.

While it may be hard for some to disagree with the military pay raise, there's a more controversial portion of the bill the White House opposes that would enforce a government-wide ban on procuring equipment from the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE, which has been cited as a cyber security risk. 

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