Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.), President & CEO of the Military Officers Association of America discusses the different policies attached to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and the changes they might make to the status quo.
The House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act both provide a 2.6 percent wage increase for military personnel, but some other provisions may impact the troops beyond just more take-home pay. Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.), President & CEO of the Military Officers Association of America, says that new additions to the NDAA could affect healthcare and change housing benefits. “Obviously, those in the military and [veterans] are interested in their current healthcare and re-occurring healthcare, once they retire. We’re trying to keep healthcare in a fiscally responsible matter as much as we possibly can,” said Atkins. “We’re also looking at… the basic allowance for housing. There has been two congressional cycles where congress has looked to alter the basic allowance for housing. We believe that’s part of the complex and comprehensive employment pay package that shouldn’t go away as it is today.”