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Pentagon Seeks More Changes to Troops’ Retirement Plan

Air Force Times reports that “the Pentagon is fending off criticism that another round of updates to the military’s retirement system would benefit older career-minded personnel at the expense of younger troops who fulfill only a short-term obligation.”  

“The proposed changes are outlined in the Defense Department’s 2017 budget request, revealed Feb. 9, which urges Congress to rework several pieces of the new retirement plan that was passed into law last year and is slated to take effect in January 2018.”  

“’We absolutely do not agree that this is something that is trying to benefit the most senior people at the expense of junior people,’ Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord told Defense News, a Military Times partner, during an interview following the budget’s release.”

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