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FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Policy Issues

Lawrence Kapp, Coordinator
Specialist in Military Manpower Policy

David F. Burrelli
Specialist in Military Manpower Policy

Don J. Jansen
Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy

Catherine A. Theohary
Analyst in National Security Policy and Information Operations

Fenwick Gilroy
Research Associate

Military personnel issues typically generate significant interest from many Members of Congress and their staffs. Recent military operations in Iraq and ongoing operations in Afghanistan, along with the operational role of the Reserve Components, further heighten interest in a wide range of military personnel policies and issues.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has selected a number of the military personnel issues considered in deliberations on the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013. This report provides a brief synopsis of sections that pertain to personnel policy. These include end strengths, pay raises, health care, sexual assault, issues related to the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, as well as less prominent issues that nonetheless generate significant public interest.

This report focuses exclusively on the annual defense authorization process. It does not include language concerning appropriations, veterans’ affairs, tax implications of policy choices, or any discussion of separately introduced legislation.

Date of Report: August 9, 2012
Number of Pages: 42
Order Number: R42651
Price: $29.95

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