Catherine A. Theohary, Coordinator Analyst in National Security Policy and
Lawrence Kapp Specialist in Military Manpower Policy
David F. Burrelli Specialist in Military Manpower Policy
Don J. Jansen Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy
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. Some issues were addressed in the FY2012 National
Defense Authorization Act and discussed in CRS Report R41874, FY2012
National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Policy
Issues, coordinated by David F. Burrelli. Those issues that were
considered previously are designated with a “*” in the relevant section
titles of this report.
Date of Report: January 16, 2013
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