Increases in Cash Compensation for Military Personnel Greater Than Those for Average Civilians
The Congressional Budget Office noted that cash compensation for
military personnel consists of basic pay, allowances for things like
housing and food, special pays and bonuses, and the tax advantages that
military members receive because some allowances are not subject to
federal income tax.[Footnote 11] During the period from 2000 through
2004, Congress authorized increases in the pays and allowances to
active duty military personnel.
 Congressional Budget Office, Military Compensation: Balancing Cash
and Noncash Benefits (Washington, D.C.: Jan. 16, 2004).