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MILITARY PERSONNEL AND COMPENSATION SUBCOMMITTEE

LES ASPIN, Wisconsin, Chairman

G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Mississippi
PATRICIA SCHROEDER, Colorado
BEVERLY B. BYRON, Maryland
IKE SKELTON, Missouri

JOHN M. SPRATT, JR., South Carolina
FRANK MCCLOSKEY, Indiana
SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas
RONALD D. COLEMAN, Texas

ELWOOD H. (BUD) HILLIS, Indiana
MARJORIE S. HOLT, Maryland
DUNCAN L. HUNTER, California

THOMAS F. HARTNETT, South Carolina
WILLIAM L. DICKINSON, Alabama

KAREN S. HEATH, Professional Staff Member

CONTENTS

Hillis, Hon. Elwood H. (Bud), a Representative from Indiana, ranking minor-
ity member, Military Personnel and Compensation Subcommittee....

Korb, Hon. Lawrence J., Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manpower, Reserve

Affairs and Logistics:

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McCoy, Hon. Tidal W., Assistant Secretary for Manpower, Reserve Affairs
and Installations, Department of the Air Force

McKinney, Sgt. Maj. Č. A. "Mack," U.S. Marine Corps (retired), executive
director for government affairs, Non-Commissioned Officers Association of
the United States of America....

Singer, Neil, Congressional Budget Office

Zech, Vice Adm. Lando W., Jr., U.S. Navy (retired).

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OVERVIEW OF THE MILITARY RETIREMENT

SYSTEM

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,

MILITARY PERSONNEL AND COMPENSATION SUBCOMMITTEE,

Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 28, 1983.

The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a.m., in room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Les Aspin (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. LES ASPIN, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM WISCONSIN, CHAIRMAN, MILITARY PERSONNEL AND COMPENSATION SUBCOMMITTEE

Mr. ASPIN. I call the meeting to order this morning.

We would like to open our hearings that we are going to be conducting on military retirement with our first witnesses this morning who are representatives of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control-in the Federal Government.

They will be presenting some evidence on the comparison of private sector retirement programs with the military retirement system, and hopefully making some recommendations for proposed changes to the military retirement system.

Tomorrow, we will have a witness from the GAO, who is Dr. Ken Coffey, who will present results of a recent GAO survey that has been looking at the subject of foreign military retirement systems, Federal Government retirement systems, including hazardous duty occupations, and State and local government policies, on similar issues, firefighters, policemen, and others, just to get some kind of comparison with retirement systems of other perhaps comparable types of occupations.

As yet unscheduled is going to be a hearing with the Department of Defense witnesses which will talk about the current military retirement system, changes proposed in the President's Budget, and the outlook for the Fifth Quadrennial Review of Military Čompen

sation.

The Fifth Quadrennial Review is due to report in October, which will go into the issue of retirement this year, and make some, we hope, kind of recommendations from which we might build on in terms of legislation.

But our witnesses this morning, as I was saying, are from the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control.

At this time, let me recognize the ranking Republican, Mr. Bud Hillis.

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