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Soldiers Are Getting a Whopping 1 Percent Raise Next Year

(Image via U.S. Army/flickr)

Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. military is getting a raise — just not much of one.

Most military service members will see their base pay increase 1 percent in 2015, according to a Pentagon announcement Monday.

General and flag officers are an exception — they'll get no base pay bump next year.

(Image via U.S. Army/flickr) Image source: U.S. Army/flickr

Bumps to other forms of military compensation were also slim, nonexistent or — in a few cases — negative.

Housing allowances will go up roughly $17 per month, or o.5 percent, while food allowances will increase 2.9 percent to $367.92 per month for enlisted members and $253.38 per month for officers, the Pentagon's announcement said.

The Defense Department is eliminating its renter's insurance offering, the announcement noted, and most troops will take a hit when it comes to contiguous United States cost of living allowance rates: Roughly 12,000 service members will see their CONUS COLA payments drop next year, around 7,000 will have an increase or no change and 4,000 won't get a CONUS COLA payment at all.

(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)

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