Maybe the 4 out of 5 that voted for the 1% immediate pay raise never plan on military retirement? Hence they will be better off with taking immediate money and running? Not sure how military retirement works - as in, can someone enlisted for 10 years draw a partial retirement pension without additional AD or Reserves duty?
In a parallel world, I work for a non-military government entity. A certain percentage is force-withheld from my salary and gains no interest unless I stay employed 5+ years. After 5 years I could also choose to receive a crappy pension after waiting 3 decades, or take a lump sum of what I put in.
Since I hope to be retired (early retired) at around 5 years of service, the pension is worthless to me, and in fact is a detriment since I can't invest the money that is withheld in some form that will grow (like a 401k or IRA). It is just cash sitting there in my account for 5 years not growing. I would vote to eliminate the pension at my employer. With or without a 1% raise. The only benefit I get is tax deferral of the percentage withheld, but I am pretty sure the lack of investment gains over 5 years offsets the tax advantage.
Retired in 2013 at age 33. Keeping busy reading, blogging, relaxing, gaming, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and 3 kids (4, 10, and 11).