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WASHINGTON — Some senior enlisted troops and most warrant officers will see their second raise of the year in their next paycheck.

The extra money is a targeted pay raise, effective April 1, designed to help the services hold on to older, more experienced troops. It comes on top of the 2.2 percent pay raise all servicemembers received on Jan. 1.

The enlisted pay raises range from 2 percent to 5 percent and are for E-5s through E-7s only. Lower-ranked warrant officers with only a few years service will see the same range of increases.

But senior warrant officers will see bigger jumps. For example, all W-3s with at least 20 years of service will see at least an 8 percent pay increase.

All W-1s with more than 14 years of service will receive at least a 9 percent raise. Those with 26 years will see a nearly 14 percent raise, the highest of the targeted increases.

Officers and lower-ranked enlisted members won’t see any change in their pay.

Congress approved the second pay raise last fall at the request of the Defense Department, which wanted to close the gap between the experienced troops and their civilian counterparts.

The 2.2 percent pay raise for 2007 was the lowest servicemembers have seen since 1994. Defense officials are seeking a 3 percent across-the-board pay raise in 2008.


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