Give the military the same retirement package the Congress Critters in DC get.
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday, which will propose fundamental changes to military benefits including ending the 20-year retirement, according to the Military Times, citing sources familiar with the report.
The plan calls for Congress to create a hybrid system of smaller defined-benefit pension along with more cash-based benefits and lump-sum payments. A significant portion of retirement benefits would come in the form of government contributions to 401(k)-style investment accounts, those familiar with the report told Military Times.
In addition to the 401(k) for troops serving less than 20 years, the commission will suggest promising a pension to troops who serve a long-term career, but one that would be more modest than what military retirees receive today, a defense official briefed on the plan told the Times.[…]
According to the Times, the commission will also propose:
a change in health care benefits for current military families and retirees — Tricare customers could move into the health care coverage provided to federal employees;
a new health care allowance for troops designed to cover some expenses, such as doctor-visit co-pays and eyeglasses.
a new four-star medical command to oversee military health care, a significant break from the tradition of each service operating its own health care system.
keeping current commissary benefits, to include continuing to sell products at cost plus 5 percent surcharge. A separate DOD budget proposal is expected to call for increasing prices to operating costs.
consolidating the commissary and exchange systems. Initially, they would keep their separate branding — Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency, etc. — but eventually would be combined.
building more child development centers on military bases.