Members of Congress are looking for ways to make sure our armed services have the resources to remain competitive overseas and at home.
“The Competition you mentioned of retaining people in a growing economy,” says Senator Thom Tillis.
“I do believe we are in a very competitive market right now and i don’t believe we are paying our people too much,” says General Joseph Dunford.
In an effort to retain and recruit service members in a competitive workforce lawmakers plan to include a 2.6 percent pay raise in the proposed National Defense Authorization Act.
To encourage recruitment Congressman Austin Scott wants to improve services for bases in rural areas.
“When they come on base they are paid very little an in many cases they actually have to pay for internet access,” says Georgia Representative Austin Scott.
As part of the NDAA lawmakers want to allot money to increase wireless internet coverage at military facilities. Scott says the move will support military training and operations as well as just make things easier for people on base.
“We want to treat it as a utility for our men and women in service and we want to take that cost of access the internet off the burden of our young airmen and soldiers,” says Representative Scott.
The plan includes more than $23 billion dollars to repair and rebuild military buildings and infrastructure. Scott wants some of that money spent on expanding internet access for the people who defend our country.