Trump wrongly claims military pay hasn't increased in 10 years

Matt Saintsing
May 10, 2018 - 11:56 am

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)


President Donald Trump told a group of military spouses that his administration was giving service members a pay raise for the “first time in 10 years.” The only problem is, that’s not true.

“Today I’m here to tell you that my administration is totally committed to every family that serves in the United States Armed Forces,” Trump said  as he signed an executive order designed to improve military spouses’ chances of landing federal jobs.

“We just approved $700 billion for our military so we’re going to be having the best equipment ever and next year $716 billion...That also includes raises for our military. First time in 10 years,” Trump said while hosting military mothers and spouses at the White House.

In reality, troops have gotten a pay raise of at least one percent every year for the last three decades. A one percent increase isn’t much of course, but a pay increase each year is a far cry from Mr. Trump’s claim.

Trump's claims was citing the 2018 defense spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a 2.4 percent pay bump for troops, the federally required amount.