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Retirement pay overhaul

The Pentagon is proposing fundamental changes to the current retirement pay system that would lead to smaller paychecks every month, Army Times has learned.

But the detailed plan would provide some compensation for those smaller checks, in the form of three new cash payments provided well before soldiers reach old age.

Find out how active and reserve soldiers would be affected by the plans, and how much the benefit would be worth over the course of a lifetime. In this week’s Army Times, see the stories and charts showing how the plan would work.

What budget caps mean for you

Soldiers who travel for work should stop buying expensive bottled water and start doing their own laundry. The Defense Department has released details of its budget request that give a full view of how proposed spending cuts would impact daily lives and household budgets.

Get the picture in Army Times this week.

Want to leave?

Soldiers know the Army is getting smaller, but that doesn’t mean they can offer to go and then collect a payout. The Army has offered pay incentives in past drawdowns, but it won’t this time, officials say. The service is determined to keep “the best and the brightest,” but what about plans for the Army to trim down by 70,000 soldiers?

No volunteers, thanks, the Army says.

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