The U.S. military spends less on salaries and benefits than other branches, according to a report released Thursday.
The Defense Department spent $4,500 more than it would have in the first nine months of fiscal year 2020 under a budget proposal released Wednesday, the largest increase in a decade.
The Pentagon also spends less than it does on personnel and equipment, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.
The budget proposal also includes $10 million for a Pentagon program that will create the largest single program dedicated to expanding and strengthening the military.
The program will focus on the National Guard and reserves, including those in the combat-support role.
It also will expand the military’s ability to train, equip and assist troops on active duty.
The budget includes $50 million to expand the National Security Academy and other education programs to prepare cadets for careers in the armed forces, as well as $100 million for the National Space Council, the Pentagon’s civilian counterpart to the Pentagon.
As part of the $4.2 trillion spending bill, the military will pay $300 million for $1.8 billion in new funding to help build a $10 billion headquarters for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The money will go toward hiring an additional 30,000 people to support the military and its overseas missions.
But in the spending bill to pay for the new headquarters, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has included a provision that would require the military to pay the entire cost of building it.
That means the new Pentagon would have to pay almost all of the cost of the office itself.
The military is spending $8.8 trillion in 2017 on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The cost to taxpayers is estimated at more than $3 trillion.