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FY99 National Defense Act (Cont)

Retiree dental program improvements. A provision will let dependents of military retirees independently enroll in the retiree dental program.

Family housing: $712 million for construction and improvement of military family housing units

Troop housing: $716 million for the construction of 48 new barracks and dormitories within the United States and to support troops deployed abroad

Child development centers: $34 million for nine child development centers.

FY98 National Defense Act Provided For:

2.8% increase in basic pay

Authorizes Family Separation Allowance (FSA 11) increase from $75 to $100

Authorizes new initiative --- Hardship Duty Pay - maximum of $300/month for certain hardship locations

Increases the minimum Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay from $110 to $150

Basic Allowance for Subsistence/Basic Allowance for Quarters reform

Authorizes lump sum payment of up to $2,000 for Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Pay

Authorized $165 per month annuity to Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) "Forgotten Widows"

Allows retirees participating in the SBP to disenroll from SBP between their 2nd and 3rd anniversary of retirement

Increase Aviator Continuation Pay (Pilot Bonus)--- currently $12K, authorizes $25K

Increase Aviation Career Incentive Pay (Flight Pay)--currently $650 for 14-22 yrs of aviation service, to $840

Review of Aviation Compensation

FY97 National Defense Act Provided For:

3% raise to base pay and Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) (.7% above statutory raise)

4.6% raise to Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAQ) (2.3% above statutory raise)

Variable Housing Allowance (VHA) locality floor by location

Disability coverage for members granted excess leave for educational or emergency purposes

Family Separation Allowance (FSA) for military married to military couples

Allows for payment of one member only, for members who reside together immediately before and after FSA entitlement

Waiver of Consecutive Overseas Tours (COT) leave travel entitlement past the 365 day limit for members unable to take COT leave as a result of duty in contingency operation

May defer for an additional year from the date contingency duty ends

Privately-Owned Vehicle (POV) storage at government expense for members PCSing to overseas duty location and POV shipment is prohibited by US government or foreign government or contingencies over 30 days

Round trip travel to port in conjunction with pick-up or delivery of POV shipped at government expense on a PCS move

Dislocation Allowance (DLA) increase to 2.5 months X BAQ (PCS-associated entitlement)

Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) delay eliminated for mil and civ retirees; restored to 1 Jan

Elimination of the inequity that existed for members who separate under VSI/SSB and subsequently become eligible for VA disability compensation

Established authority to implement retiree dental plan NLT 1 Oct 97

$9.5M increase in tuition assistance funding (Congressional plus-up) Total $60M/year

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