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Army committed to fixing military housing problems

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Army committed to fixing military housing problems

(Photo: Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville, along with other service secretaries and chiefs, speak to the Senate Committee on Armed Services during a hearing on privatized housing in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3.) The Army's top leaders updated lawmakers

Bringing Thanksgiving to overseas troops

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Bringing Thanksgiving to overseas troops

Deployed soldiers will get a taste of home this Thanksgiving after months of planning by logistics personnel to deliver tons of meat and fixings for the traditional meals. Many food items being served Thursday can be found on American grocery store shelves, said Sgt. Maj. Kara Rutter, Army Central Command's culinary

New Army policy to help reduce burden of moving

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New Army policy to help reduce burden of moving

Soldiers and their families can now receive dislocation allowance ahead of a permanent change of station move after the Army updated its policy in an effort to reduce the burden of moving. The new policy is effective Oct. 10, when Gen. James C. McConville, chief of staff of the Army, and

Robotic combat vehicles

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Robotic combat vehicles

Similar to how a boxer with a longer reach finds it easier to hit an opponent, the Army is looking to punch through the standoff defenses of near-peer adversaries. Army Futures Command is behind many of the Army's efforts to achieve that overmatch, which include over 30 projects within its Cross-Functional

Longer deployments next year

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Longer deployments next year

More soldiers will be forward deployed longer in the Indo-Pacific region next year, as part of a new Pacific Pathways effort to allow units to build stronger partnerships and readiness. Called Pacific Pathways 2.0, the program will place units in partner nations for up to six months at a time, much

New policy helps spouses continue their careers

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New policy helps spouses continue their careers

The Army recently issued a directive to reduce the financial burden for spouses who wish to continue their professional careers after they move to a new duty station. The policy allows spouses to be reimbursed up to $500 for qualified relicensing costs that result from a permanent change of station or

Top-ranked stories of 2018

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Top-ranked stories of 2018

This past year, the Army rolled out several programs and policies to boost the readiness of its soldiers as well as prepare them for life after the military. A pair of combat veterans also received the military's highest honor and a new World War II-style uniform was brought back. Below is

Army approves new PT test

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Army approves new PT test

Army senior leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to ample cost savings across the service. The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which

Multi-Domain Task Force set to lead Pacific  Pathways rotation in first overseas tests

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Multi-Domain Task Force set to lead Pacific Pathways rotation in first overseas tests

The Army's ongoing pilot to develop multi-domain capabilities that could one day be replicated across the service is slated to undergo further testing overseas for the first time next year. The Multi-Domain Task Force, which leaders envision to be a battalion-plus unit that maximizes air, sea, land, cyber and space assets

New changes to retention bonuses, kickers

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New changes to retention bonuses, kickers

Officials released new guidance Tuesday on the Army's Selective Retention Bonus Program, which includes first-ever bonuses up to $52,000 for those who reenlist for critical Security Forces Assistance Brigade positions. SRB "kickers" that incentivize soldiers who reenlist early will also go into effect at the end of this month. Details are

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