Is A Military Pay Freeze Considered A Breach Of Contract?

My son is in the Marines and he has heard that President Obama is going to freeze his pay. If this happens, he would like to know if that is a breach of his contract for which he has committed five years of service?

Most likely, a pay freeze by the United States Government would not be considered a breach of contract. When a person receives a regular increase in salary each year, they may believe that they are entitled to that raise. However, unless the contract specifically states that they will receive a raise and states the amount of that raise, the raise is speculative, and cannot be used as grounds for a breach of contract claim. If your son believes his contract specified a regular pay increase, he should speak with an attorney who specializes in military law or employment contract law to determine his next actions.