The MCRMC indeed fulfilled its mandate and provided a well-considered, viable retirement plan.
Obama to meet the legislated timeline; that allowed only about 6 weeks for DOD to review all 15 MCRMC recommendations.
In April 2015, Secretary Ashton Carter pledged to the President that he would continue to review the MCRMC's retirement proposals.
In other endeavors, the answer may actually be more centralized leadership, such as in streamlining the messy health care budget (as recommended by the MCRMC), mandating medical-specific training for relevant contracting officials, triaging the problem of misaligned usage rates at MTFs, (71) and giving political cover to the military medical community as it tries to maintain its readiness.
To better manage its medical readiness, the MCRMC recommended that the Pentagon create a new 4-star Joint Readiness Command with a subordinate medical command and designate a new medical readiness position on the Joint Staff, but the medical community has signaled clearly that it does not want nor need a new bureaucratic layer to manage its readiness.
(75) Yet the department's own survey of beneficiaries showed a 5 to 6 percent gap between civilian benchmarks and Tricare performance, (76) and while the MCRMC's health care survey highlighted an overall dissatisfaction, incredibly high importance was attached to improving access to and continuity in care.
The MCRMC has recommended sunsetting the old Montgomery GI Bill in favor of the post-9/11 version and raising the requirement for transfer of benefits to dependents from six years of service with an obligation for four more years to ten years of service with an obligation of two more.
Another area in which the MCRMC expected to find savings was in consolidating the commissary and exchange systems into a single Defense Resale System, but this has found little support from the administration or Congress.
The MCRMC report noted that flexibility is a key attraction to younger workers, who will increasingly make up the military force.
In addition to the proposal for the retirement system overhaul, the MCRMC made 14 other recommendations that would affect military benefits.
As the MCRMC notes, since the start of the all-volunteer force there has been "a sustained increase in the overall education of service members, creating a far more professional and technologically fluent force." These trends make service-members more desirable in the private sector and the military currently has few on-ramps back into active-duty service once service members leave.
According to the MCRMC: One in six active-duty officers is a woman; 55 percent of the active duty force is married, including 68 percent of all officers and; 71 percent of military families have children.