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FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues

Don J. Jansen, Coordinator
Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy

Katherine Blakeley
Analyst in Foreign Affairs

David F. Burrelli
Specialist in Military Manpower Policy

Lawrence Kapp
Specialist in Military Manpower Policy

Lucy P. Martinez
Research Associate

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

Military personnel issues typically generate significant interest from many Members of Congress and their staffs. 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-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 that will be updated upon passage of a Senate bill and then again upon final passage. This report provides a brief synopsis of sections that pertain to  personnel policy. These include end strengths, pay raises, health care, and sexual assault, 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, topics which are addressed in other CRS products. Some issues were addressed in the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act and discussed in CRS Report R42651, FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Policy Issues, coordinated by Catherine A. Theohary. Those issues that were considered previously are designated with a * in the relevant section titles of this report.

Date of Report: August 19, 2013
Number of Pages: 38
Order Number: R43184
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