The Navy is increasing the pay for its members after 10 years without raises. The increase will begin this summer and will add 25 percent to paychecks. The Navy hopes the raise will line up with inflation and believes it is time that members were rewarded more.
The changes will affect sailors and Marines on sea duty, according to the Pacific News Center. Technically called career sea pay, the Navy believes the change in pay will be welcomed by members. Many sailors feel the changes should have been done years ago, but they are glad to see the announcement.
The change will affect an estimated 100,000 sailors who will begin to see bigger paychecks this summer. There is also an additional increase for the career sea pay premium, so these sailors will see an even bigger increase in their salaries.
While the rest of the U.S. military is discussing cuts and smaller forces, the Navy has a positive announcement that differs from the rest. It will begin paying more this summer, and there is hope that this will attract more people to the 9,000 job openings that are available in the Navy. In general, the Navy is not facing as many budget problems as other branches.
The budget for 2015 reveals that the Navy is not going to be hurt by many cuts compared to other parts of the military. Although it has made some changes, the overall budget has not been modified by a lot. The pay raise is a positive sign that the Navy thinks it is sustainable and should reassure worried members.
Navy officials have been contemplating an increase in pay for a while, but it just became an announcement. The idea of raising pay is always controversial, and recent Congressional budget battles have made it worse. However, the Navy feels it is making the right choice by rewarding sailors for their hard work at sea.
Waiting 10 years for an increase left some Navy members with the impression that nothing would ever change. However, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has shown them that increases are possible and that the Navy is aware of inflation. The rank of a sailor will continue to have a significant impact on how much he or she receives, but everyone still sees this as a positive change. Since 100,000 sailors are affected, the Navy will be making a considerable effort.