"As Commander in Chief, I have no higher duty than this -- to give our troops the tools to take on new missions, while maintaining their readiness to defend our country and defeat any adversary; to make sure they can deploy away from home, knowing their families have the quality of life they deserve; and to make certain their service is not only rewarding, but well-rewarded, from recruitment to retirement."

President Clinton
Radio Address to the Nation
January 2, 1999

President Clinton has worked to ensure that America’s military is the best-equipped, best-trained and best-prepared fighting force in the world. When America’s interests have been at stake, in Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, the Persian Gulf, East Timor and other locations around the world, our forces have consistently performed with distinction. At the same time, the Clinton Administration has taken steps to transform the military to deal with new kinds of threats and challenges the United States will face in the 21st Century. President Clinton has matched new resources with new commitments, requesting and receiving from Congress billions in additional defense spending in 1999, reversing declines that began a decade ago.


Nearly 20,000 of the 30,000 are in the Persian Gulf;

Approximately 12,000 are in the Balkans. Europe bears the heaviest burden, both in terms of troops and assistance aimed at civilian reconstruction. U.S. forces in that region comprise approximately 20 percent of the 60,000 NATO and other troops that ensure stability in the Balkans, while sustaining our leadership role in NATO.


October 5, 1999

President Clinton signs the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 in ceremony at the Pentagon. The act authorizes a comprehensive program of pay and retirement improvements that add up to the biggest increase in military compensation in a generation, increases bonuses for enlistment and reenlistment and provides incentives needed to recruit and retain our military personnel.

January 2, 1999

In his Weekly Radio Address to the nation, President Clinton announces that resources for readiness and modernization in the FY 2000 defense budget will increase by more than $12 billion and the first long- term, sustained increase in defense spending in over a decade: $112 billion for personnel, readiness, modernization and facilities accounts. The President also announces that he will request a 4.4 percent pay increase for military personnel in FY 2000 and restoration of the 20 year retirement benefit from 40percent to 50 percent of average base pay over the last three years of service.

October 17, 1998

President Clinton signed the FY 1998 Defense Appropriations Act, fully funding many of the Defense Department's critical readiness programs and supports our commitments to a better quality of life for our military personnel and their families.


Remarks by the President at the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC, January 29, 1998.

Remarks by the President at the Commissioning of USS Harry S. Truman, Norfolk, Virginia, July 25, 1998.

Remarks by the President to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commanders in Chief of the

U.S. Armed Forces at the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, DC, September 15, 1998.

Statement by the President on Military Readiness Funding, November 11, 1998.

Radio Address by the President to the Nation, January 2, 1999.

Remarks by the President to the Economic Club of Detroit, January 8, 1999.

State of the Union Address, January 19, 1999.

Remarks by the President on FY 2000 budget, February 1, 1999.

Remarks by the President at the Signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, October 5, 1999.

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