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Soldier pay raise in 2019

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Soldier pay raise in 2019

A 2.6 percent military pay increase was included in the Army's $148 billion budget request for fiscal year 2019, which Congress must still approve and might also opt to amend. Of note, the 2.6 percent raise is the largest pay raise for soldiers in nine years. Additionally, there was a 2.9 percent

2015 marks enormous advances for women

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2015 marks enormous advances for women

Women's strides made big news throughout 2015, with graduating from Ranger School, to the appointment of the first black female Army surgeon general to Defense Secretary Ash Carter opening up all military occupational specialties - or MOSs - to women. Here are some of the highlights:ALL OCCUPATIONS OPEN TO WOMEN On Dec.

Discussing Vietnam War experiences

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Discussing Vietnam War experiences

Army combat veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier of the Pittsburgh Steelers said he's often asked what it's like to be in combat. "We pray that we come back from war," he said he tells them. "We have to live with the scars, both visible and invisible. We have

Toxic leaders decrease soldiers' effectiveness

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Toxic leaders decrease soldiers' effectiveness

Having a toxic boss results in a 48 percent decrease in work effort and 38 percent decrease in work quality, said Dr. George Reed. Reed, who is the dean of the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, spoke in the Pentagon, Oct. 15, at a Pentagon Chaplains Office-sponsored

Remote controlled vehicles on the perimeter

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Remote controlled vehicles on the perimeter

Remotely-controlled weapons systems have drastically reduced the number of soldiers needed for perimeter security at an expeditionary base camp here. "Every soldier I have assigned to securing the perimeter is one I don't have that can execute support missions," said Lt. Col. Raphael Heflin, commander, 142nd Combat Service Support Battalion, or

Artillery jobs for women?

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Artillery jobs for women?

Army leadership has recommended that field artillery military occupational specialties - or MOSs - 13B (cannon crewmember) and 13D (automated tactical data systems specialist) be open to women, the Army's chief of field artillery said. "We are waiting on a Department of the Army decision in reference to Field Artillery MOS

Engineer jobs open to women

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Engineer jobs open to women

Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS 12B, Combat Engineer is now open to all female-enlisted soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27. The June 16 directive from Army Secretary John M. McHugh makes available 20,563 additional positions for women and opens the last of the 16 engineer MOSs, which were

Changing schools?

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Changing schools?

Summer's here, and for a lot of Army families, that means permanent change of station orders to a new and often unfamiliar location. One of the biggest issues of moving for many families is getting their kids enrolled in a new school, said Chanel Sharp, school-liaison officer on Joint Base Myer-Henderson

Army uses Hollywood technique to test soldier-equipment interactions

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Army uses Hollywood technique to test soldier-equipment interactions

The Army is using a Vicon-infrared, marker-tracking system to capture performance data of soldiers using experimental weapons or equipment, John Riedener said. It is the same technique Hollywood uses to capture live video of people and things and turn that into animation. Riedener, who spoke during a media day at Picatinny Arsenal,

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Robots on point

It's December and many are doing their holiday shopping or making a wish list of gifts they'd like to receive. During the Future Ground Combat Vehicle Summit here earlier this month, Army acquisition professionals and program managers had their own wish lists that included an assortment of robots and ground combat

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Standards remain: Army needs quality recruits

In an increasingly complex world in which higher demands will be placed on soldiers, "we cannot afford to lower our standards" for enlistment, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey. Dailey spoke at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 11. It would be easy to

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Gray PT uniform disappearing from formations as wear-out deadline looms

Just five months ago, about half of the soldiers participating in organized physical fitness training at Fort Meade, Maryland, were seen wearing the grey Improved Physical Fitness Uniform. On the morning of Sept. 14, inside the Gaffney Field House and outside track, there were only a couple of soldiers still in

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Enlisted Aide Program expands MOS for NCOs

The Army is actively looking for a diverse array of soldiers, from across a variety of military occupational specialties, to apply for career-broadening positions within the Army's Enlisted Aide Program, or EAP. The deadline to submit application packets for the competitive program is Sept. 29. The program is open to all

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Green Berets, units work and learn side-by-side

What happens when you combine the Army's top Special Forces soldiers with a conventional unit? The result is an incredible learning opportunity - for both sides. Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team recently had this chance to work side-by-side with Green Berets in medical training. For most people, the

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Laser weapons bring advantages to the battlefield

The Army and Navy are increasingly incorporating laser weapons on a limited number of platforms and training exercises, according to Matthew Ketner, branch chief of the High Energy Laser Controls and Integration Directorate at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Virginia. Ketner spoke on these emerging laser technologies last month

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New award devices

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) - The V device worn on the Army Commendation Medal and other awards, stands for "valor." The device was authorized decades ago for wear on Army ribbons. The V device is still around, but joining the V now are two new devices: the "C" and "R" devices,

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Army's vehicle of the future

In a tactical situation, the last thing a soldier wants to do is give away his position to the enemy. The ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle promises to provide that important element of stealth, said Kevin Centeck, team lead, Non-Primary Power Systems, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center

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New retirement coming

Beginning January 2018, a new Department of Defense enterprise-wide retirement system will go into effect. The blended retirement system, which was instituted by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, will take effect for all soldiers joining the Army beginning Jan. 1, 2018, but some current service members will have the option

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New fitness standards

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, the Army began administering the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, to all recruits to assess their fitness for military occupational specialties. The OPAT also will be used to assess some soldiers who are reclassifying into a different MOS. Army Recruiting Command estimates that the OPAT will

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