FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Policy Issues [July 21, 2008] [open pdf - 140KB]
From the Summary: "Military personnel issues typically generate significant interest from many Members of Congress and their staffs. Ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of what the Bush Administration terms the Global War on Terror, along with the emerging operational role of the Reserve Components, further heighten interest and support for a wide range of military personnel policies and issues. CRS [Congressional Research Service] selected a number of issues considered by Congress as it considers a National Defense Authorization Act for FY2009. In each case, a brief synopsis is provided that includes background information, a comparison of the House passed provisions (H.R. 5658) and the provisions reported by the Senate Armed Services Committee (S. 3001), if any, and a brief discussion of the issue. Where appropriate, other CRS products are identified to provide more detailed background information and analysis of the issue. For each issue, a CRS analyst is identified and contact information is provided. Note: some issues were addressed in the FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act and discussed in CRS Report RL34169 concerning that legislation. Those issues that were previously considered in CRS Report RL34169 are designated with a '*' in the relevant section titles of this report. This report focuses exclusively on the annual defense authorization process. It does not include appropriations, veterans' affairs, tax implications of policy choices or any discussion of separately introduced legislation. It is anticipated that this report will be updated."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34590