Articles (9) Currently Viewing: 1 - 9 of 9

Struggle to get new recruits

News Front

Struggle to get new recruits

Over the last 15 years, the recruiting rate of the all-volunteer force has been declining, said Stephanie Miller, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy.  Those with an interest in serving and qualification rates are hovering near all-time lows, she said yesterday at the Institute for Defense Analysis in Alexandria,

DOD releases 2024 Basic Allowance for housing rates

News Front

DOD releases 2024 Basic Allowance for housing rates

Basic allowance for housing, or BAH, rates for 2024 will increase by an average of 5.4%. The new rates, which are paid to all  U.S.-based active-duty members of the uniformed services when government quarters are unavailable, take effect Jan. 1. "The proposed 5.2% basic pay increase plus the 5.4% increase in

DOD issues Exceptional Family Member Program policy

Military Policy

DOD issues Exceptional Family Member Program policy

The Defense Department has issued its own Exceptional Family Member Program, a move that ensures consistency across the services for military families with special needs.  "Service members can't focus on the mission when they have concerns about a family member's health or education needs," said Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr., undersecretary of

Services showcase menus from Christmases past

Military Life

Services showcase menus from Christmases past

Meals have always been an important part of military life - for sustainment as well as enjoyment. On holidays, the Defense Department has tried to provide especially delicious meals, as troops were often far from family and needed an extra morale boost. In 1933, the Christmas Day menu for Coast Guardsmen

Rooting out extremists

News Front

Rooting out extremists

On April 9, 2021 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III established the Countering Extremist Activity Working Group to examine how the services are implementing these actions and reviewing and updating the definition of extremism in Department of Defense Instruction 1325.06. The full report of the working group was released Dec.

DoD vetted 24/7

News Front

DoD vetted 24/7

Continuous vetting will eventually replace periodic reinvestigations, which are conducted every 10 years for employees with a secret clearance and five years for those with a top secret clearance. It will also include DOD personnel who do not have a clearance, according to Heather Green, assistant director of vetting risk

DOD intends to mandate Pfizer vaccine, Pentagon official says

News Front

DOD intends to mandate Pfizer vaccine, Pentagon official says

Since the Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, it's very likely the vaccine will soon become mandatory for Defense Department personnel, the Pentagon press secretary said. "Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved, the department is prepared to issue updated guidance, requiring all

Active side wants you?

Jobs & Education

Active side wants you?

An app called Gig Eagle, powered by artificial intelligence, will be developed to identify talent in the Guard and reserve forces that could be utilized around the Defense Department, an official in the Defense Innovation Unit who is working on the project said. Scott Sumner, technical project manager at DIU's AI/machine learning

Rebooting bases named for Confederates

News Front

Rebooting bases named for Confederates

The Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense that Commemorate the Confederate States of America or Any Person Who Served Voluntarily with the Confederate States of America, is more often referred to as the Naming Commission. Retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, the chair of the Naming Commission, spoke

Browse Authors