One might make an argument that this is precisely why they do not need as big of raise. [donning asbestos underwear now]
2.2% is more than I got last year and it's more than my wife got. I seem to remember getting about 3% or so when I was in the Navy. I also seem to remember wives whining about it then as well.
My husband and I had our first child when he was in the Navy. With Tricare, the delivery and hospital stay only cost us $25. What a bargain.
But, it didn't seem right that a married couple with a child, while the husband served in the military, was eligible for WIC. We didn't sign up for it, because of unique circumstances when we relocated away from a Naval Base. The more children you had, the more money per dependent. I wonder if military families tend to be larger as a result?
Kind of like women on welfare who get more money per child. I could never figure out the math in that equation. It didn't seem like a way to get ahead for the average welfare mom.