WASHINGTON (AP) — The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons.
A look at the legislation:
—Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion for defense programs within the Energy Department and $80.7 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations.
—Provides a 1 percent pay raise for military personnel.
—Authorizes the size of the force at 520,000 for the Army; 323,600 for the Navy; 190,200 for the Marine Corps and 327,600 for the Air Force.
—Authorizes funds for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.
—Strips military commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions.
—Requires a civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case.
—Requires that any individual convicted of sexual assault face a dishonorable discharge or dismissal.