Congress Votes To Cut Soldier Benefits In 2015 NDAA Bill
The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015 by a vote count of 227-191, with 16 members of Congress not participating.
Quite a few of those supposed conservative Republican members voted against the act, which cuts military pay this time around, and reduces active duty and reserve levels across all branches of the U.S. Military.
Many members have historically voted for the “all-or-nothing” defense bill, even if there are segments of the bill that could be considered counterproductive to the mission of the U.S. Military, which could compromise the nation’s national security.
Page 123 of NDAA Bill ( Source)
SEC. 402. REVISIONS IN PERMANENT ACTIVE DUTY END STRENGTH MINIMUM LEVELS. Section 691(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking paragraphs (1) through (4) and in-serting the following new paragraphs:
‘‘(1) For the Army, 490,000.
‘‘(2) For the Navy, 323,600.
‘‘(3) For the Marine Corps, 184,100.
‘‘(4) For the Air Force, 310,900.’’.
Page 125 of NDAA Bill
As of September 30, 2015, the following number of Reserves to be serving on full-time active duty or full-time duty, in the case of members of the National Guard, for the purpose of organizing, administering, re-cruiting, instructing, or training the reserve components:
(1) The Army National Guard of the United States, 31,385.
(2) The Army Reserve, 16,261.
(3) The Navy Reserve, 9,973.
(4) The Marine Corps Reserve, 2,261.
(5) The Air National Guard of the United States, 14,704.
(6) The Air Force Reserve, 2,830.