Possibly more important to the prospects for the next federal raise, though, is that military personnel are slated to get the same 3.7 percent under the budget. That’s the figure indicated by a formula Congress passed last year setting future military raises at a half-percentage point above the rise in private sector pay. Congress is unlikely to abandon that formula so soon after setting it. Although there’s broad belief on the Hill that military personnel are underpaid, they too received 4.8 percent last month and many are due for special raises this summer because of military pay table reforms passed last year.
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