The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act, passed in the early 80's, was originally designed to protect spouses of military members. It contains provisions that were not clearly considered. For instance, the law only considers the uniformed services. The law does not limit the settlement to the rank at the time of the divorce, but at the time of the retirement of the service member.
To conclude: Terminate military retired pay payments upon the former spouse's remarriage; base the award of retired pay on the member's grade and years of service at time of divorce, not the time of retirement; and strengthen the prohibitions against awarding VA disability pay to a former spouse.