US Pentagon Axing Key Stipend For Thousands of Troops

US Pentagon Axing Key Stipend For Thousands of Troops

( – Looking at prices from the pump to the grocery store, it’s difficult to ignore the upward trend. The increased cost of everyday items is causing a pinch in many people’s budgets. However, that didn’t put a halt on the Department of Defense’s decision to cut the pay of some military members for the coming year.

An annual cost of living allowance, called the Continental United States Cost-of-Living Allowance (CONUS COLA), assists service personnel living in the 48 contiguous states when their orders force them to live in expensive locations. Based on a contractor’s analysis, it can go up, down, or stay the same from year to year.

This year, the DOD will cut the CONUS COLA for service members living in 15 metropolitan and 21 nonmetropolitan areas, impacting around 48,000 troops.

The analysis doesn’t consider housing costs but considers taxes, goods, services, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses. Those non-housing expenses must total more than 8% over the national average to trigger the allowance.

One Senate candidate Kathy Barnette recently slammed the decision to cut the stipend on “Fox & Friends First,” emphasizing the sacrifices of our military families and the impacts of rising consumer prices. She also said this would be on the “list of grievances” regarding Biden’s handling of military issues.

Typical allowances for members with dependents range from $33 to $59 per month, while those without dependents receive $22 to $45 per month. With every little bit counting these days thanks to rampant inflation, is now a good time to reduce our service members’ pay?

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