WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by Chairwoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), the Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel today released their proposals for the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Subcommittee will meet at 3:30pm ET on Wednesday, June 8 in Rayburn 2118 and via the WebEx platform. The markup will be live streamed on the committee’s website. The Subcommittee's mark is available here

Specifically, this year's proposal authorizes the End Strength Request from the Military Services and:

Supports Military Service Members and Families:
  • Service Member Compensation – Requires the Department of Defense to study, with the intent to revise, the basic pay tables to modernize and more realistically and fairly compensate service members.
  • Increase in Basic Pay – Supports an increase in military basic pay by 4.6%.
  • One-Year Extension of Certain Expiring Bonus and Special Pay Authorities – Extension of critical recruitment and retention incentive programs.
  • Child Care – Requires the Secretary of Defense to complete a pay study and adjust the pay of child development center employees as compared to similarly trained and qualified public elementary school employees.
  • Spouse Change of Station Reimbursement – Authorizes financial reimbursement for moving expenses for spouses with home businesses.
  • Impact Aid – Authorizes $53.0 million for the purpose of providing assistance to local educational agencies with military dependent students and $22.0 million for local educational agencies eligible to receive a payment for children with severe disabilities. 
  • Exceptional Family Members – Expands the Advisory Panel on Community Support for Families with Special Needs and establishes a grant program increasing support of educational services at primary receiving installations. 
  • Oversight of Historic Uniform Code of Military Justice Changes in the FY2022 NDAA­ – Ensures Military Justice criminal litigators are properly resourced, manned, trained, and capable, and that there is an appropriate Special Trial Counsel structure to support the Space force. In addition, the Subcommittee mark requires: 
    • The Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces to assess evidence in the military justice system for survivors of sexual assault; and 
    • A GAO study the impact the use of Incident Committees and potential improvements to the incident determination process.

  • Autism Care Demonstration – Requires a report on whether to extend the Autism Care Demonstration Program and makes modifications to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine required in the FY22 NDAA.
  • Access to Behavioral Health – To address the growing behavioral health demands across the Military Health System, the Subcommittee mark includes several provisions that would: 
    • Increase opportunities to grow the number of available behavioral health providers.
    • Require analysis of the number of providers needed to support care delivered at military treatment facilities and embedded in operational units.
    • Establish a program to better train civilian behavioral health providers to meet the unique challenges of service members and their families.
    • Expand license portability for providers delivering non-medical counseling.
    • Require GAO to review whether TRICARE conforms with the requirements of certain mental health parity laws.
  • Limitation on the Realignment or Reduction of Military Medical Manning End Strength – Requires the Department of Defense to conduct a comprehensive assessment of military medical manning requirements taking into account emerging operational requirements and demands on the Military Health System. The provision reinforces previous limitations on the realignment or reduction of military medical manning end strength until the analysis is complete.