The Basic Pay is the base salary earned by Active Duty Soldiers and activated Army Reserve Soldiers. The pay is distributed fortnightly on the 1st and 15th of each month, and depends on your rank and years in the army. In the army reserve, you earn Drill Pay during weekend training, as well as full-time training events. The compensation is hourly for work completed. For longer events, one is given prorated Basic Pay. Special duty pay is for enlisted soldiers who are in jobs with extra responsibility or effort, and Hardship duty pay, for those assigned to locations where living conditions are substantially below those of the United States. The Army also pays any active duty Soldier and any qualified Army Reserve Soldier for being certified, within the past 12 months, in a critical foreign language. The bonus is based on the maintenance of their ability to speak, understand, and read it. Flight pay is for army pilots, navigators and other aviators.
Non-pilots aboard military aircraft get aircrew pay. Depending on the service and years at sea, soldiers are eligible for Sea-pay. A variety of special pay programs reward medical professionals with special certifications and experience. The US Army also provides allowances to counter the cost of living. Soldiers living on the base get free housing as well as free meals. Off base soldiers are given housing and meal allowances. The Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) is paid to Enlisted Soldiers and Officers who have authorization to eat off base. The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates is based on their location, and rank. Family status is also a consideration. Soldiers also receive allowances for clothing and official travel. Enlisted Soldiers are given an added annual allowance for replacing uniforms. For those in jobs requiring civilian clothes, there is an extra civilian clothing allowance. The Soldiers who are assigned to high-cost locations get a Cost of Living Allowance. The army also pays for transporting household goods for any change-of-station move.
A Dislocation Allowance and a Temporary Lodging Allowance covers the cost of temporary housing that may be needed at the beginning and end of a move. Soldiers posted in locations that do not allow families, receive an added Family Separation Allowance. The one-time bonuses are for choosing a specific Army job, completing the required special training, taking on extra responsibilities or having served in the military before. Active Duty and Army Reserve applicants may also be rewarded for their civilian educational experience. A Soldier can easily further their education, or pay off previously incurred student loans. One can attend classes while serving as an Active Duty or Army Reserve Soldier. Most Army bases have satellite branches of local, accredited universities to facilitate attendance. 4,500 per academic year. This also applies to distance learning. Soldiers and their families are automatically covered by an HMO-type TRICARE health plan providing medical and dental care at minimal cost. Separate programs are provided for those on remote assignment or overseas. Soldiers can access a program of low cost group life insurance called Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI). Every soldier gets a 30-day vacation annually, free weekends, national holidays, and required sick days. Every Army post has a Legal Assistance Center providing free walk-in services. Child and Youth Services (CYS) provide affordable childcare programs. The Troops to Teachers program provides help in becoming a teacher after army service. A Soldier is eligible for a 401(k)-type retirement savings and investment plan, known as The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Sponsored by the Federal Government, it offers the same type of savings and tax benefits as other private funds.
Support your response with a minimum of two scholarly sources that were published in the last five years. Guided Response: Compare the differences and similarities between your and your peer’s selected vital facts about Medicare Advantage Plans. Be sure to support your response by citing at least one scholarly source to validate your assertions. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread. In preparing for this discussion, read Chapter 26 of the course text. • Discuss strengths and threats to the survival of the military health system. • Summarize the Tricare program and its options for enrollees. • Identify Tricare’s greatest threat and the solution(s) to the identified threat. Your initial post should be at least 300 words. Support your response with a minimum of two scholarly sources that were published in the last five years. Guided Response: Compare the differences and similarities between your and your peer’s selected vital facts about Medicare Advantage Plans. Be sure to support your response by citing at least one scholarly source to validate your assertions.
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread. • Distinguish the roles of Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans in the healthcare delivery system. • Assess the similarities and differences between Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans by comparing (a) strengths, weaknesses, and incentives; (b) commitment to access; and (c) risks to the consumers. • Synthesize two recommendations for improvement, including your justification, of each managed care plan. • Must be three to five double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. • Must use at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed, and/or other credible sources in addition to the course text. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor.