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Where We Stand on Key Issues - 2008

The following is a summary of where AUSA stands on key issues that include:
Key Issue

Pay
  • Close the Gap (military and federal civilians)
08-02, Point 1 &
08-03, Point 1
  • Maintain comparability in out years
08-03-Point 1
Retiree
  • Implement paid up SBP in Fiscal Year 2008
08-04, Point 2
  • Full concurrent receipt for all disabled retirees
08-04, Point 5
Health Care
  • No increases in TRICARE fees/deductibles
  • No erosion of benefits (pharmacy, quality of care)
08-05, Point 15

08-05, Point 5
  • Increased Medicare reimbursement rates
08-05, Point 11
  • Hassle-free claims processing/no out-of-pocket expenses
08-05, Point 5
Housing
  • Additional funding (build new and repair existing)
08-01, Point 1
  • Innovative programs (maintain public/private partnership funding)
08-01, Point 2
Transformation & Modernization of the Force
  • Fully fund resetting of the Current Force
08-09, Point 1
  • Rebalance Army capabilities to strengthen readiness
08-07, Point 20
  • Fund additional modular forces with increased capabilities
08-07, Point 3
  • Fully fund Future Combat Systems and enable Future Force technologies/capabilities to enhance the Current Force
08-07, Point 17
  • Implement streamlined Army business processes
08-07
  • Increase funding for research and development
08-15- Point 1
End Strength & Manning
  • Funded end strength - AC, 700,000; ARNG, 358,000; RC, 206,000
08-08, Point 1
  • Fill 100% of ARNG and USAR full-time manning positions
08-08, Point 12
  • Robust recruiting and retention
08-08, Point 3
Readiness
  • Defense spending = at least 5% of GDP/Army share at least 28%
08-07, Point 1
  • Continuing support for Supplemental funding
  • Spare parts - no shortages
08-07, Point 5

08-07, Point 15
  • Facilities/utilities - fully funded
08-07, Point 7
  • Operations & Maintenance funds for all missions of AC & RC
08-07, Point 14
  • Training dollars (Individual Soldier & units)
08-07, Point 10


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