COLA cutback angers retirees, spouses

Ann Wade, the wife of a recently retired Marine Corps pilot, watched the recent budget deliberations in the House and Senate with outrage.

Having said goodbye to her husband twice as he left for combat and raising two children when he trained and deployed elsewhere, she felt betrayed by a Congress that voted to ease the pain of sequester cuts by finding budget savings elsewhere, including $6 billion from future slowdowns in military retirement pay growth.

Now the bill will cause the Wades to lose tens of thousands of dollars in retired pay over the next two decades. For the 0.2 percent of the U.S. population that will retire from the military and go on to continue working, as will the Wades, this translates into huge losses in future buying power.

Find the cost by rank of the cutbacks in retirement pay on the Dec. 30 print edition of Army Times, on sale now.

Odierno speaks on uniforms, women in combat and PT tests

The Army is closing in on picking the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern, or MultiCam, to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told Army Times. The 38th chief of staff of the Army sat down with Army Times on Dec. 18.

The long-awaited policy on appearance standards and the plans for replacing UCP were among the topics discussed.

To learn more about MultiCam and what Odierno has to say about women in combat and PT tests, pick up this week’s issue of Army Times, on newsstands now.

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