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Proposed 2.6 percent military pay raise part of Army budget: A 2.6 percent military pay increase was included in the Army’s $148 billion budget request for fiscal year 2019, which Congress must still approve and might also opt to amend.

Of note, the 2.6 percent raise is the largest pay raise for Soldiers in nine years.

Additionally, there was a 2.9 percent increase for basic allowance for housing and a 3.4 percent increase for basic allowance for subsistence.

In addition to the Army base budget request of $148 billion, the service also requested $34 billion for overseas contingency operations, making the total request $182 billion.

The budget rollouts for each service, as well as the DOD, were announced during a Pentagon press briefing Monday.

The Army budget request totals top last year’s amended request of $139 billion for base and $30 billion for OCO.

Maj. Gen. Paul A. Chamberlain, director of the Army Budget, noted that the Army’s budget focuses on readiness and is in line with the DOD effort in that respect, as well as with the National Security Strategy.

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Proposed 2.6 percent military pay raise part of Army budget: A 2.6 percent military pay increase was included in the Army’s $148 billion budget request for fiscal year 2019, which Congress must still approve and might also opt to amend.Of note, the 2.6 percent raise is the largest pay raise for Soldiers in nine years.Additionally, there was a 2.9 percentincrease for basic allowance for housing and a 3.4 percent increase for basic allowance for subsistence.In addition to the Army base budget request of $148 billion, the service also requested $34 billion for overseas contingency operations, making the total request $182 billion.The budget rollouts for each service, as well as the DOD, were announced during a Pentagon press briefing Monday.The Army budget request totals top last year’s amended request of $139 billion for base and $30 billion for OCO.Maj. Gen. Paul A. Chamberlain, director of the Army Budget, noted that the Army’s budget focuses on readiness and is in line with the DOD effort in that respect, as well as with the National Security Strategy.