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Obama Joint Chiefs pick's tough task: Cut pay


From May 8: It is a bond with the rank and file that will be sorely tested if the 59-year-old Dunford is confirmed by the Senate to be the nation's top military officer: The Obama administration is counting on Dunford to take the lead in pushing a series of proposals designed to shrink the pay and benefits of troops as the Pentagon wrestles with the need to rein in its personnel costs. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has proposed scaling back current plans for pay increases and benefits, including the subsidies troops receive for housing and subsidies for groceries. He also wants to reduce troops' traditional pensions and put in place a 401(k)-style retirement program. more

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