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Defense money set for 2014 start

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There is no jump up in military soldier numbers set for 2014. But, the President's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, the 26th, protected servicemembers pay and benefits for holdups caused by a spending impasse.

Spending on personnel, during a period soldier costs are on the rise, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego) agreed was a budget priority before voting to pass the NDAA bill the Senate later finally approved onthe 19th.

San Diegans can make military work plans and keep the military productive without the funding obstructions the defense ddepartment branches had to deal with in the past. A rise in the number of officers in duty was set up by the passage of the act.

Opportunities to work on the Littoral Combat Ship,, however, depend on the results of operational testing. NDAA funding appropriate in the act can not be used until the ship proves survivability on the sea, and the capabilities in the current legacy system the ships will replace are fully known.

Slow recovery in defense spending still limits workforce productivity development in the military.

The defense department's educational assistance programs will have selective eligibility qualifications starting on August 1st. To get financial assitance to pay education costs, a San Diego servicemember must enroll in a program eligible under the Higher Education Act, or, a state certified program. Nationally certified programs added to program offerings during the last two years, that have no paid incentives or bonuses, cam make a servicemember eligible.

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