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                           February 24, 1999

                    Ordered to be printed as passed

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                  S. 4

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                                 AN ACT


 
 To improve pay and retirement equity for members of the Armed Forces; 
                        and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Soldiers', Sailors', Airmen's, and 
Marines' Bill of Rights Act of 1999''.

                      TITLE I--PAY AND ALLOWANCES

SEC. 101. FISCAL YEAR 2000 INCREASE AND RESTRUCTURING OF BASIC PAY.

    (a) Waiver of Section 1009 Adjustment.--Any adjustment required by 
section 1009 of title 37, United States Code, in the rates of monthly 
basic pay authorized members of the uniformed services by section 
203(a) of such title to become effective during fiscal year 2000 shall 
not be made.
    (b) January 1, 2000, Increase in Basic Pay.--Effective on January 
1, 2000, the rates of monthly basic pay for members of the uniformed 
services shall be increased by 4.8 percent.
    (c) Basic Pay Reform.--Effective on July 1, 2000, the rates of 
monthly basic pay for members of the uniformed services within each pay 
grade are as follows:
      

                        COMMISSIONED OFFICERS\1\
 Years of service computed under section 205 of title 37, United States
                                  Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pay Grade     2 or less    Over 2     Over 3     Over 4     Over 6
------------------------------------------------------------------------
O-10\2\.........      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00       $0.00
O-9.............       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00
O-8.............   6,594.30   6,810.30   6,953.10   6,993.30    7,171.80
O-7.............   5,479.50   5,851.80   5,851.50   5,894.40    6,114.60
O-6.............   4,061.10   4,461.60   4,754.40   4,754.40    4,772.40
O-5.............   3,248.40   3,813.90   4,077.90   4,127.70    4,291.80
O-4.............   2,737.80   3,333.90   3,556.20   3,606.04    3,812.40
O-3\3\..........   2,544.00   2,884.20   3,112.80   3,364.80    3,525.90
O-2\3\..........   2,218.80   2,527.20   2,910.90   3,000.00    3,071.10
O-1\3\..........   1,926.30   2,004.90   2,423.10   2,423.10    2,423.10
                 -------------------------------------------------------
                    Over 8    Over 10    Over 12    Over 14     Over 16
                 -------------------------------------------------------
O-10\2\.........      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00       $0.00
O-9.............       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00        0.00
O-8.............   7,471.50   7,540.80   7,824.60   7,906.20    8,150.10
O-7.............   6,282.00   6,475.80   6,669.00   6,863.10    7,471.50
O-6.............   4,976.70   5,004.00   5,004.00   5,169.30    5,791.20
O-5.............   4,291.80   4,420.80   4,659.30   4,971.90    5,286.00
O-4.............   3,980.40   4,251.50   4,464.00   4,611.00    4,758.90
O-3\3\..........   3,702.60   3,850.20   4,040.40   4,139.10    4,139.10
O-2\3\..........   3,071.10   3,071.10   3,071.10   3,071.10    3,071.10
O-1\3\..........   2,423.10   2,423.10   2,423.10   2,423.10    2,423.10
                 -------------------------------------------------------
                   Over 18    Over 20    Over 22    Over 24     Over 26
                 -------------------------------------------------------
O-10\2\.........      $0.00  $10,655.1  $10,707.6  $10,930.2  $11,318.40
                                     0          0          0
O-9.............       0.00   9,319.50   9,453.60   9,647.70    9,986.40
O-8.............   8,503.80   8,830.20   9,048.00   9,048.00    9,048.00
O-7.............   7,985.40   7,985.40   7,985.40   7,985.40    8,025.60
O-6.............   6,086.10   6,381.30   6,549.00   6,719.10    7,049.10
O-5.............   5,436.00   5,583.60   5,751.90   5,751.90    5,751.90
O-4.............   4,808.70   4,808.70   4,808.70   4,808.70    4,808.70
O-3\3\..........   4,139.10   4,139.10   4,139.10   4,139.10    4,139.10
O-2\3\..........   3,071.10   3,071.10   3,071.10   3,071.10    3,071.10
O-1\3\..........   2,423.10   2,423.10   2,423.10   2,423.10   2,423.10
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Basic pay for these officers is limited to the rate of basic pay for
  level V of the Executive Schedule.
\2\While serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
  Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of
  Staff of the Air Force, Commandant of the Marine Corps, or Commandant
  of the Coast Guard, basic pay for this grade is calculated to be
  $12,441.00, regardless of cumulative years of service computed under
  section 205 of title 37, United States Code. Nevertheless, basic pay
  for these officers is limited to the rate of basic pay for level V of
  the Executive Schedule.
\3\Does not apply to commissioned officers who have been credited with
  over 4 years of active duty service as an enlisted member or warrant
  officer.


  COMMISSIONED OFFICERS WITH OVER 4 YEARS OF ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE AS AN
                   ENLISTED MEMBER OR WARRANT OFFICER
 Years of service computed under section 205 of title 37, United States
                                  Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pay Grade     2 or less    Over 2     Over 3     Over 4     Over 6
------------------------------------------------------------------------
O-3E............      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00  $3,364.80   $3,525.90
O-2E............       0.00       0.00       0.00   3,009.00    3,071.10
O-1E............       0.00       0.00       0.00   2,423.10    2,588.40
                 -------------------------------------------------------
                    Over 8    Over 10    Over 12    Over 14     Over 16
                 -------------------------------------------------------
O-3E............  $3,702.60  $3,850.20  $4,040.40  $4,200.30   $4,291.80
O-2E............   3,168.60   3,333.90   3,461.40   3,556.20    3,556.20
O-1E............   2,683.80   2,781.30   2,877.60   3,009.00    3,009.00
                 -------------------------------------------------------
                   Over 18    Over 20    Over 22    Over 24     Over 26
                 -------------------------------------------------------
O-3E............  $4,416.90  $4,416.90  $4,416.90  $4,416.90   $4,416.90
O-2E............   3,556.20   3,556.20   3,556.20   3,556.20    3,556.20
O-1E............   3,009.00   3,009.00   3,009.00   3,009.00    3,009.00
------------------------------------------------------------------------



                            WARRANT OFFICERS
 Years of service computed under section 205 of title 37, United States
                                  Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pay Grade      2 or less    Over 2     Over 3     Over 4     Over 6
------------------------------------------------------------------------
W-5..............      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00
W-4..............   2,592.00   2,788.50   2,868.60   2,947.50   3,083.40
W-3..............   2,355.90   2,555.40   2,555.40   2,588.40   2,694.30
W-2..............   2,063.40   2,232.60   2,232.60   2,305.80   2,423.10
W-1..............   1,719.00   1,971.00   1,971.00   2,135.70   2,232.60
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                     Over 8    Over 10    Over 12    Over 14    Over 16
                  ------------------------------------------------------
W-5..............      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00
W-4..............   3,217.20   3,352.80   3,485.10   3,622.20   3,753.60
W-3..............   2,814.90   2,974.20   3,071.10   3,177.00   3,298.20
W-2..............   2,555.40   2,852.60   2,749.80   2,844.30   2,949.00
W-1..............   2,332.80   2,433.30   2,533.20   2,634.00   2,734.80
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                    Over 18    Over 20    Over 22    Over 24    Over 26
                  ------------------------------------------------------
W-5..............      $0.00  $4,475.10  $4,628.70  $4,782.90  $4,937.40
W-4..............   3,888.00   4,019.00   4,155.60   4,289.70   4,427.10
W-3..............   3,418.50   3,539.10   3,659.40   3,780.00   3,900.90
W-2..............   3,058.40   3,163.80   3,270.90   3,378.30   3,378.30
W-1..............   2,835.00   2,910.90   2,910.90   2,910.90   2,910.90
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                            ENLISTED MEMBERS
 Years of service computed under section 205 of title 37, United States
                                  Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pay Grade      2 or less    Over 2     Over 3     Over 4     Over 6
------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-9\4\...........      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00      $0.00
E-8..............       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00       0.00
E-7..............   1,765.80   1,927.80   2,001.00   2,073.00   2,147.70
E-6..............   1,518.90   1,678.20   1,752.60   1,824.30   1,899.30
E-5..............   1,332.60   1,494.00   1,566.00   1,640.40   1,714.50
E-4..............   1,242.90   1,373.10   1,447.20   1,520.10   1,593.90
E-3..............   1,171.50   1,260.60   1,334.10   1,335.90   1,335.90
E-2..............   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40
E-1..............  \5\1,005.   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60
                          60
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                     Over 8    Over 10    Over 12    Over 14    Over 16
                  ------------------------------------------------------
E-9\4\...........      $0.00  $3,015.30  $3,083.40  $3,169.80  $3,271.50
E-8..............   2,528.40   2,601.60   2,669.70   2,751.60   2,840.10
E-7..............   2,220.90   2,294.10   2,367.30   2,439.30   2,514.00
E-6..............   1,973.10   2,047.20   2,118.60   2,191.50   2,244.60
E-5..............   1,789.50   1,861.50   1,936.20   1,936.20   1,936.20
E-4..............   1,593.90   1,593.90   1,593.90   1,593.90   1,593.90
E-3..............   1,335.90   1,335.90   1,335.90   1,335.90   1,335.90
E-2..............   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40
E-1..............   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                    Over 18    Over 20    Over 22    Over 24    Over 26
                  ------------------------------------------------------
E-9\4\...........  $3,373.20  $3,473.40  $3,609.30  $3,744.00  $3,915.80
E-8..............   2,932.50   3,026.10   3,161.10   3,295.50   3,483.60
E-7..............   2,588.10   2,660.40   2,787.60   2,926.20   3,134.40
E-6..............   2,283.30   2,283.30   2,285.70   2,285.70   2,285.70
E-5..............   1,936.20   1,936.20   1,936.20   1,936.20   1,936.20
E-4..............   1,593.90   1,593.90   1,593.90   1,593.90   1,593.90
E-3..............   1,335.90   1,335.90   1,335.90   1,335.90   1,335.90
E-2..............   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,127.40   1,123.20   1,127.40
E-1..............   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60   1,005.60  1,005.60
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\4\While serving as Sergeant Major of the Army, Master Chief Petty
  Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant
  Major of the Marine Corps, or Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast
  Guard, basic pay for this grade is $4,701.00, regardless of cumulative
  years of service computed under section 205 of title 37, United States
  Code.
\5\In the case of members in the grade E-1 who have served less than 4
  months on active duty, basic pay is $930.30.

SEC. 102. PAY INCREASES FOR FISCAL YEARS AFTER FISCAL YEAR 2000.

    (a) ECI+0.5 Percent Increase for All Members.--Section 1009(c) of 
title 37, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
    ``(c) ECI+0.5 Percent Increase for All Members.--Subject to 
subsection (d), an adjustment taking effect under this section during a 
fiscal year shall provide all eligible members with an increase in the 
monthly basic pay by the percentage equal to the sum of one percent 
plus the percentage calculated as provided under section 5303(a) of 
title 5 (without regard to whether rates of pay under the statutory pay 
systems are actually increased during such fiscal year under that 
section by the percentage so calculated).''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall 
take effect on October 1, 2000.

SEC. 103. SPECIAL SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE.

    (a) Allowance.--(1) Chapter 7 of title 37, United States Code, is 
amended by inserting after section 402 the following new section:
``Sec. 402a. Special subsistence allowance
    ``(a) Entitlement.--Upon the application of an eligible member of a 
uniformed service described in subsection (b)(1), the Secretary 
concerned shall pay the member a special subsistence allowance for each 
month for which the member is eligible to receive food stamp 
assistance, as determined by the Secretary.
    ``(b) Covered Members.--(1) A member referred to subsection (a) is 
an enlisted member in pay grade E-5 or below.
    ``(2) For the purposes of this section, a member shall be 
considered as being eligible to receive food stamp assistance if the 
household of the member meets the income standards of eligibility 
established under section 5(c)(2) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 
U.S.C. 2014(c)(2)), not taking into account the special subsistence 
allowance that may be payable to the member under this section and any 
allowance that is payable to the member under section 403 or 404a of 
this title.
    ``(c) Termination of Entitlement.--The entitlement of a member to 
receive payment of a special subsistence allowance terminates upon the 
occurrence of any of the following events:
            ``(1) Termination of eligibility for food stamp assistance.
            ``(2) Payment of the special subsistence allowance for 12 
        consecutive months.
            ``(3) Promotion of the member to a higher grade.
            ``(4) Transfer of the member in a permanent change of 
        station.
    ``(d) Reestablished Entitlement.--(1) After a termination of a 
member's entitlement to the special subsistence allowance under 
subsection (c), the Secretary concerned shall resume payment of the 
special subsistence allowance to the member if the Secretary 
determines, upon further application of the member, that the member is 
eligible to receive food stamps.
    ``(2) Payments resumed under this subsection shall terminate under 
subsection (c) upon the occurrence of an event described in that 
subsection after the resumption of the payments.
    ``(3) The number of times that payments are resumed under this 
subsection is unlimited.
    ``(e) Documentation of Eligibility.--A member of the uniformed 
services applying for the special subsistence allowance under this 
section shall furnish the Secretary concerned with such evidence of the 
member's eligibility for food stamp assistance as the Secretary may 
require in connection with the application.
    ``(f) Amount of Allowance.--The monthly amount of the special 
subsistence allowance under this section is $180.
    ``(g) Relationship to Basic Allowance for Subsistence.--The special 
subsistence allowance under this section is in addition to the basic 
allowance for subsistence under section 402 of this title.
    ``(h) Food Stamp Assistance Defined.--In this section, the term 
`food stamp assistance' means assistance under the Food Stamp Act of 
1977 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.).
    ``(i) Termination of Authority.--No special subsistence allowance 
may be made under this section for any month beginning after September 
30, 2004.''.
    (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is 

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