Scope: Dislocation Allowance does not meet the needs of soldiers during Permanent Change of Station moves. Currently DLA is paid at the rate of 2.5 times Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Type II. Out of pocket relocation expenses vary by location. Relocation to high cost areas creates additional expenses in the form of initial rents, various deposits, household supplies, and other costs.
Scope: TRICARE regional boundaries are too restrictive. There are currently 13 TRICARE regions. Beneficiaries experience difficulties when requiring medical care from a region other than their own. These regional boundaries cause complications for beneficiaries by limiting choices, complicating claims, delaying medical care and creating administrative authorization problems.
Scope: RC retired Soldiers do not receive retirement pay until age 60. Active duty retired pay is received immediately upon retirement. Current OPTEMPO greatly increases the demand for RC Soldiers. In today’s “One Army,” offering retired pay options to RC Soldiers would reduce this inequity.
Scope: The formula currently used by the Army to determine the Clothing Replacement Allowance does not take into consideration the need to replace running shoes. To maintain physical fitness, Soldiers are required to participate in physical training, which includes running 3-5 times per week. Worn running shoes increase the potential for injury.
Scope: TRICARE beneficiaries, on outpatient status, with terminal illness or acute/chronic conditions are not being covered for medically necessary nutritional supplements required to sustain life. Currently, many nutritional supplements (such as, but not limited to, Ensure, Boost, Sustacal, Nutramagen) are classified as food and are not covered by TRICARE regardless of beneficiaries’ medical condition. This causes undue financial hardship on beneficiaries due to the high cost of medically necessary ... more >
Scope: Current coverage for TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) and TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) beneficiaries result in excessive out-of-pocket expenses. Beneficiary cost share percentages are too high, and annual individual limits are reached too quickly. Despite recent dental plan improvements, Soldiers and their Families often have to choose between essential dental care and other necessities of life. These choices cause Families to neglect needed dental care resulting in deterioration of oral... more >
Scope: The TRICARE program is complicated in many different ways, especially for the Reserve Component (RC). Current information does not provide a clear picture of benefits and eligibility. For example, some RC Family members believe they are not eligible for TRICARE until the 31st day of the Soldier’s activation. In fact, they are eligible from day one for TRICARE, if their orders are for more than 30 days. They are not eligible for TRICARE Prime Remote unless they reside with the Soldier. The un... more >
Scope: The annual TRICARE Prime enrollment fee for retirees under age 65 is $230 per service member and $460 per family annually, regardless of pay grade at retirement. This results in some retirees paying a disproportionate percent of their retirement pay for TRICARE Prime. For example, at 20 years of service an E-7 makes approximately $16,548 annually, a CW-2 $19,680 and an O-5 $34,740, yet each pays the same enrollment fee.
Scope: Soldiers assigned OCONUS are immediately confronted with unique expenses. Examples of such expenses include winterizing vehicles in Alaska and purchasing transformers in Europe. While the cost of these items is included in the calculation and payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) over the course of the tour, the Soldier’s expense is up front and normally in a lump sum. This places significant financial burden on the Soldier, especially our junior enlisted Soldiers and their Families.
Scope: Geographically isolated active duty soldiers currently bear the full cost of child care and the financial inequities of being assigned to remote duty locations. Soldiers do not have access to the same child care fee equity as those who reside on or near a military installation.