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By Andrew Tilghman
With no fanfare or controversy, the Pentagon has quietly shaved several billion dollars from troops’ total compensation in recent years as the flow of cash benefits known as special pays and incentive pays has slowed dramatically.
That decline, which amounts to a collective cut in disposable income for the force, is not the result of a Pentagon policy change or a new law from Congress, but rather is driven by broader changes affecting the military community.
For example, fewer wartime deployments mean less hostile fire pay, while a slow economy translates into fewer, and smaller, retention bonuses.