Future Budget Plans for DOD

This bulletin was cross-posted from HQAFSA.org, the official website for the Air Force Sergeants Association Headquarters. It has been posted here for your convenience. Visit HQAFSA.org for more updates!

The Secretary of Defense held a press conference yesterday (February 24) to announce the Department of Defense’s budgetary plans for Fiscal Year 2015. There’s still considerable time before any Defense Appropriations Bill or National Defense Authorization Act gets signed into law, but to be blunt, we’re not at all happy to hear about some specific DoD cost cutting initiatives, and generally that theme prevailed throughout the SECDEF’s conference. Some of the controversial items proposed include:

  • Retire the entire A-10 Warthog fleet
  • Reducing appropriated funding to Commissaries
  • Reducing Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) from 100% to 95%
  • Possible TRICARE merger into one program
  • Another round of BRAC in 2017

As mentioned, this is all preliminary at least for now. If things continue down the path were heading on, it could be a rather contentious year. Stay tuned in to what’s happening and stand ready to act when appropriate; it’s going to take a team effort. Click here for the full story.

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