Presidential Actions

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense


SUBJECT:   Thirteenth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation

In addition to our support and gratitude, we owe our men and women in uniform the tools, equipment, resources, and training they need to fight and win.  Our military compensation system must recognize their sacrifices and adequately and fairly reward them for their efforts and contributions.  It also must encourage the next generation of men and women to answer the call to serve their fellow citizens as members of our uniformed services.  Although the world and the threats to our Nation have changed over time, the structure of our military compensation system, with the exception of recent changes to military retirement, has remained largely the same.

Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 1008(b) of title 37, United States Code, I hereby determine that you shall be my Executive Agent for the Thirteenth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, conducting the review required by section 1008(b).  As directed by statute, the review should assess the principles and concepts of the compensation system for members of the uniformed services. 

At a minimum, the review should:

   assess the adequacy of military compensation and each of its underlying components;
   determine whether the structure of the current military compensation system, as a system of basic pay, housing, and subsistence allowances, remains appropriate, or whether an alternate compensation structure, such as a salary system, would enhance readiness and better enable the Department of Defense to recruit and retain tomorrow's military force; and 
   survey the usage of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, as well as any other supplemental sources of income or support you deem significant, by military members on active service and their families, and consider the results of the review in assessing the adequacy of overall military compensation.

As Executive Agent, you shall ensure representatives of other executive departments and agencies participate in this review, as appropriate.


More from Presidential Actions

Presidential Actions12 min read
Presidential Proclamation Modifying the Bears Ears National Monument
MODIFYING THE BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In Proclamation 9558 of December 28, 2016, and exercising his authority under section 320301 of title 54, United States C
Presidential Actions1 min readPolitics
Presidential Memorandum For The Secretary Of State
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority Under Sections 506(a)(2)(A) and 652 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of A
Presidential Actions3 min readPolitics
Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem As The Capital Of The State Of Israel And Relocating The United States Embassy To Israel To Jerusalem
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requ