Missouri's military service personnel will be getting something that other federal employees won't be getting: a pay raise. Senator Claire McCaskill says it's part of the Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress before they left for the holiday break.
"While many in our federal workforce have been frozen in terms of any salary increases during our economic downturn, that's not the case for our military, we keep giving out raises for them. Which, I feel, is appropriate."
McCaskill's a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Under the Defense Authorization Act, the raise would be 1%, which is the smallest raise since the military became an all-volunteer force in 1973.