It seems like every year, debates rage on in Congress, and between Congress and the president, about how much of a pay increase to give to members of the military for the next fiscal year.

Are troops paid too much? Too little? If too little, how much of an increase should there be, and should it be among troops at all levels? Where do budget considerations come in?

Stuck in the middle are service members who don’t know what to expect for the following fiscal year. The explainer video and graphic below might shed some light on the issue:

The fall and rise in military compensation

Here's a look at the rise, fall and rebound in military compensation; changes to Hardship Duty Pay; and how military compensation changes compare to the civilian workforce.