Navy wants to increase pay for sea duty

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 8:35 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is planning to give a raise to enlisted sailors who serve aboard sea-going ships.

The Navy hasn't increased its sea pay levels since 2001. Sailors assigned to sea duty are eligible for the monthly stipends, which range from $50 to $700. The Navy says about 75,000 sailors are eligible for sea pay at any given time.

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran told sailors aboard the USS Bataan on Tuesday that inflation has eaten away into the value of their sea pay over the past decade. He says Navy leaders want to restore the value of sea pay by adjusting for inflation.

The higher pay is expected to be doled out within months. Eventually, the Navy wants to increase sea pay levels for officers too.

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