by Marshall Hanson, CAPT USNR (Ret), Director of Legislation
Last week, ROA met with representatives from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to discuss how the correction to early retirement would cost $2.1 billion over ten years. This correction, which is suggest in legislation sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), H.R.208, and by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), S.831. If passed the eligibility date for those deployed is support of contingency operations would change from the current start date of Jan. 28, 2008 to Sept. 11, 2001, whereby 90 days of service reduces the retirement age by 90 days.
In a rare meeting, CBO permitted a glimpse inside the “black box” as to how the numbers were calculated. While the CBO staff were not permitted to share the actual numbers (ROA did ask), they gave examples of certain age group cadre to demonstrate basis assumptions and actual calculations. Feedback was provided to CBO on how they might improve their calculations. ROA was joined by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, the National Guard Association of the United States, and the Association of the United States Navy.