Bridging the
Sequestration Gap

America's Career Military Seek Professional Guidance As They Deal With the Financial Uncertainties of Defense Spending

At a time when many lawmakers are calling for more dollars to strengthen the U.S. military, America's career military families continue to feel the impact of the defense–related constraints of sequestration in their daily lives. They are bridging the gap between the financial uncertainties of defense budget cuts and future realities of their own financial security by saving more, spending less and seeking out knowledgeable guidance from financial advisors. Learn more about how military families are dealing with sequestration in our latest “CEO Perspective” and recent news releases below.


CEO Perspectives

Career military families pursue frugal response to sequestration

Career military families pursue frugal response to sequestration

Military families respond to continued sequestration threats with frugal behaviors similar to what we saw emerge during the last recession.


First Command News & Media

First Command Reports: Cuts to compensation leave military families feeling financially stressed

First Command Reports: Cuts to compensation leave military families feeling financially stressed

The First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveals two thirds of career service members feel financially stretched month to month

First Command Reports: Majority of Career Servicemembers Believe Sequestration Will End

First Command Reports: Majority of Career Servicemembers Believe Sequestration Will End

First Command Financial Behaviors Index® shows military families remain optimistic, while still taking steps to plan for defense budget cuts

First Command Reports: Military Families Spending More on Back-to-School Shopping

First Command Reports: Military Families Spending More on Back-to-School Shopping

First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveals top cost-savings efforts.

First Command Reports: Sequestration Driving Record Demand For Financial Advice In Military Families

First Command Reports: Sequestration Driving Record Demand For Financial Advice In Military Families

First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveals one in four career servicemember families have started working with a financial advisor as a result of sequestration.

Savings Drive Stays Strong Among Career Servicemembers, First Command Reports

Savings Drive Stays Strong Among Career Servicemembers, First Command Reports

America’s career servicemembers are continuing to sock away dollars for the future — and families who work with a financial advisor are leading the way.


In the News

New in 2017: Donald Trump vs. Sequestration

New in 2017: Donald Trump vs. Sequestration

Donald Trump has promised to do away with the federal spending caps known as sequestration, rollbacks that have hit the Defense Department particularly hard.

Graham: Defense Hike Under Trump 'Harder Than It Looks'

Graham: Defense Hike Under Trump 'Harder Than It Looks'

Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to raise defense spending, Sen. Lindsey Graham expects a tough path ahead.

Trump's Promised Defense Buildup and Congress: Who Will Blink First?

Trump's Promised Defense Buildup and Congress: Who Will Blink First?

For President-elect Donald Trump to make good on a multibillion-dollar campaign promise to expand the military with more ships, jets and troops, something has got to give.

US Service Chiefs Lament Budget Squeeze

US Service Chiefs Lament Budget Squeeze

Top US military officials told lawmakers Thursday their services have been squeezed by budget instability and spending caps — and that under sequestration cuts, they would not have the resources to defend the country.

'We lied to the American people.' Congress laments failure to fix the military's budget mess

'We lied to the American people.' Congress laments failure to fix the military's budget mess

None of the four service chiefs testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday would answer the question, but they all paused uncomfortably before senators in the hearing laughed it off: “Are Congress and the president the biggest threats to the military today?”


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Listen to CEO Scott Spiker discuss the uncertainty military families are facing.

What is Sequestration?

The Budget Control Act of 2011 was designed to raise the country's borrowing limit, on the condition that Congress find $1.2 trillion in cuts. If the cuts were not found, automatic spending cuts would begin January 2013 and last through 2021, with approximately $500 billion coming out of the DoD budget. That's exactly what happenend.

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