In an August 31 letter to House and Senate leaders, President Trump formally notified Congress he intends to set the 2018 military pay raise at 2.1 percent. While this matches last year's raise, it falls short of the 2.4 percent pay raise allowable under current law.
A number of "modest reductions" in pay over the past few years have created a growing pay gap between the uniformed services and their civilian counterparts. Left unchecked, this gap will grow to 2.9 percent.
The House-passed version of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would allow the full, 2.4 percent increase in 2018.
The Senate hasn't completed its version of the NDAA yet, but a draft bill (S. 1519) currently making its way through that chamber calls for a 2.1 percent raise.
Send a letter to your two senators asking them to ensure service members receive the full, 2.4 percent pay raise that current law allows.