GOP Congressman Pushes To Raise Military Pay

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Michael J. McCord provide testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee budget hearing, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2023. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)
  • Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif., is pushing for a salary boost for the lowest-paid military service members.
  • Under Garcia’s legislation, service members would be entitled to a base pay of at least $31,200 per year, or the equivalent of $15 per hour for a 40-hour week of work.
  • “To build the military of the future that will deter aggression from China and other adversaries, we must be able to recruit and retain qualified Americans to serve in our military,” Garcia said in a statement. “The simple reality is that we can’t do that if your local fast food chain is paying more than the armed services.”