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    The Military Must Do More to Help Junior Service Members Find and Pay for Child Care

    The Military Must Do More to Help Junior Service Members Find and Pay for Child Care

    Ernest “Nest” Cage is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. . He currently serves as a senior defense fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He previously served as the deputy executive assistant to the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff. His opinions do not represent the official policies or views of the United States Air Force or the Department of Defense.

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    In the military, one of the most stressful parts of relocating to a new assignment, second only to finding a home, is securing child care. The post- economy has driven cost and competition for child care to all-time highs, leaving service members to figure out the challenging question of how to pay for something they have to cover.

    That's gotten harder as the price of everything from bread to gas has gone up at breakneck speed, far outpacing military pay increases. Child care costs have risen dramatically during the pandemic by 41%, now accounting for 20% of the average American's salary.

    The Department of Defense should push for legislation and funding to cover the cost of non-school age child care for all active-duty junior enlisted troops and company-grade officers in the paygrades of E-1 through E-5 and O-1…

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