Armed Forces News

Sailors who are quarantined aboard ships because of the COVID-19 pandemic deserve extra pay, Navy leadership believes. Military.com reported Oct. 3 that Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, the vice chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Strategy, told members of the press that these sailors should receive family separation pay. Under present protocols, crews have to complete a 14-day restriction-of-movement sequester before they can deploy, Military.com reported. Under normal circumstances, sailors are not eligible for family separation pay — $250 per month – until they are deployed for 30 days. The Navy is asking Congress to change the requirement, citing the present extraordinary circumstances, as it considers the 2021 defense-spending bill.