Military personnel would receive a 2.1 percent pay raise in 2018 with Department of Defense civilians slated to get slightly less, according to President Trump’s budget outline released Tuesday.
The raise for uniformed troops is equal to the amount they received in 2017 but less than the 2.4 percent rise in private sector wages projected for next year.
“The goal here is to maintain the health of the force through a competitive compensation package that reflects the unique demands and sacrifices of our service members,”
Military personnel received a 1.3 percent raise in 2016, the largest since 2010, when they received a 3.4 percent pay boost.
The Trump budget provides for 4,000 more Navy sailors and 4,000 additional Air Force airmen with the Army and Marine Corps numbers staying roughly the same as 2017.
Pentagon civilian employees would see a 1.9 percent increase under the plan with a “continued emphasis on civilian education, training and leadership development,” the budget documents note.
The budget allows for a slight increase – 0.7 percent – in the overall number of civilian DOD employees. The Air Force would add to its civilian workforce by 2.7 percent and the Navy by 2 p.m. but the Army – the largest civilian military employer in Alabama – would drop its civilian positions by 1.5 percent.
Federal employees received no raises for years 2011 – 2013. Raises restarted in 2014, but employees only received a 1 percent boost in 2014 and 2015 before receiving 2.1 percent in 2016.