Alexander: Senate Passes Largest Pay Raise for Military Service Members in Nearly a Decade, Including at Ft. Campbell, Millington

Posted on August 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate passed a bill that provides the largest pay increase for men and women serving in the military since 2010.

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows the men and women who serve in our armed forces are a top priority. We owe our service men and women in uniform a debt of gratitude, and this bill helps ensure they receive the support and resources they need,” Alexander said. “This funding bill provides a total of $675 billion for our national defense – a $20.4 billion increase from last year’s budget. This bill also provides the largest pay raise in nearly 10 years for the men and women who serve in our military – including those serving at Fort Campbell and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee.”

Alexander continued, “The bill is the largest Department of Defense research and development budget in history – a measure that will give the United States an advantage over our adversaries and allow us to maintain the strongest military in the world. This bill also includes $900 million to ensure the men and women serving in our National Guard have the resources they need to keep us safe during catastrophes, and increased funding for hypersonic research conducted by The University of Tennessee.”

The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill provides:

  • 2.6 percent pay raise for military personnel – the largest pay raise since 2010 – including those stationed at Fort Campbell and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee.
  • $2.8 billion for the Department of Defense’s basic research, including hypersonic research conducted by the University of Tennessee—the largest research and development budget in the Department’s history. 
  • $68 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to help ensure our military men and women are properly trained and equipped when deployed overseas.
  • Funding for 1,329,000 active duty and 816,900 reserve personnel.
  • $34.5 billion for Defense Health Programs and $971.2 million for medical research.
  • $900 million for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment to modernize our reserve forces and ensure that they have the tools they need.

Today, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which is consistent with the spending limits included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 approved by Congress, and signed by President Trump, in February.