ARMED FORCES: Equalization

ARMED FORCES Equalization

The U.S. foot soldiers' longstanding gripe against hazard-duty pay for fliers, submariners and paratroops finally got attention on Capitol Hill last July. Last week the foot soldiers took a hard look at Congress' decision and groaned.

Congress' solution was to "equalize" matters by awarding a $45-monthly combat bonus to all U.S. military personnel not already receiving hazardous-duty pay who spent six or more days a month within range of enemy guns.

Payments are to be retroactive to the beginning of the Korean war. To pay the bills, unit commanders in Korea,...

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