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A "Rucksack" for U.S. Military Personnel: Modernizing Military Compensation

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Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: Military and defense (Military personnel)

Keywords: National security; Military benefits; health benefits

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


A "rucksack" of health care and retirement benefits that military personnel select themselves and can carry with them would help the Pentagon get the military that it needs when it needs it while helping to rein in spiraling manpower costs and could also become a model for the civilian workforce of the future.