Upcoming COLA cuts leave some Japan-based servicemembers fuming
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Some troops are seeing red over plans to cut an allowance that compensates them for the high cost of living in Japan by as much as half.
A table laying out projected adjustments to the cost-of-living allowance, also known as COLA, was recently shared on social media by U.S. Naval Forces Japan. Servicemembers should see the changes in their Jan. 15 paychecks.
Officials project a small hike for personnel at Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Camp Zama and no change for those assigned to Camp Fuji. However, there will be COLA decreases for many other personnel in Japan, according to the table.
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