Military might tinker with retirement, perks

Tacoma News TribuneDecember 13, 2013 

Military service members might be given more options to save for retirement under proposals to reform the pay and perks offered to future generations of troops. But those changes also might cull the ranks of the Pentagon’s most talented men and women in uniform.

A panel of White House-appointed experts mulled that problem in meetings Thursday with troops and families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. More sessions are scheduled for Friday.

They’re visiting the South Sound under the banner of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Its nine commissioners will research and recommend adjustments to the Defense Department’s compensation packages to put the Pentagon on more sustainable financial footing while continuing to attract people to an all-volunteer military.

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