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Military pay raise


Senate (H.R. 1540)


1.6-percent raise in 2012 for active duty and Guard and Reserve personnel


Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA)


Job training


Eliminate deduction of VA survivor benefits from military SBP annuities.


Provide job-training pro- grams to prepare ser- vicemembers for civilian employment


Aid for civilian schools attended by military children


Hostile-fire/imminent- danger pay


Authorize total of $30 million in aid


Pro-rate hostile fire and imminent danger pay on a daily rather than monthly basis for qualifying areas


Dwell time between deployments


Force-management tools


No similar provision


House (H.R. 1540) Final (H.R. 1540)


No provision, but current law authorizes a 1.6- percent raise


Increase SSIA payments to eligible widows in FY 2013-17 and extend pro- gram through FY 2021


No similar provision 1.6-percent raise adopted


Neither provision adopted


Senate provision adopted


Authorize total of $40 million in aid


Similar provision


Authorizes a total of $45 million in aid


Authorizes 1/30 of monthly amount for each day in area (full month’s pay if experience hostile fire)


Establish requirements for management and mea- surement of dwell time


Authorize up to one year of basic pay as vol- untary retirement bonus for selected officers with 20-29 years of service


Survivor benefits for reservists on active duty orders


No similar provision No similar provision House provision adopted


Caps Senate plan at 675 officers. Authorizes early retirement for designated personnel with 15-19 years


Authorize benefits if reservist dies overnight while off-base between duty days


House provision adopted


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