A Framework for Restructuring the Military Retirement System

A Framework for Restructuring the Military Retirement System. Strategic Studies Institute. David S. Lyle et al. July 24, 2013.

The current military retirement system has been integral to sustaining the All Volunteer Force (AVF). Mounting federal budget challenges, however, have raised concern that the program may become fiscally unsustainable. While several restructuring proposals have emerged, none have considered the implications of these changes to the broader issue of manning an AVF. Changes to the existing system could create military personnel shortfalls, adversely affect servicemember and retiree wellbeing, and reduce public confidence in the Armed Forces. With the right analytical framework in place, however, a more holistic system restructuring is possible, one that avoids these negative effects while significantly reducing costs. A comprehensive framework is provided, as well as a proposal that stands to benefit both servicemembers in terms of value and the military in terms of overall cost savings.

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http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/files/1162-summary.pdf Executive Summary [PDF format, 2 pages, 566.69 KB].

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