Troops on the Ground to Assist in Iraq

Although they are not directly fighting Islamic militants, the US has about 1,500 troops in Iraq - helping the Iraqi military to repel attacks by ISIS and other militant groups. That number will soon grow, though, as funding was provided in the most recent National Defense Authorization Act for 1,500 troops to deploy in the coming months.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: December 17, 2014

Here is our Christmas ASVAB question for this week - the answer will be posted here tomorrow!

Don't forget about all the other ASVAB study materials available over at If you are heading out to MEPS soon, make sure you study as much as possible to get a good start to your military career.

If you haven't talked to a recruiter, remember that this is the BEST time to go, especially if you might need a waiver or two!

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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Speaks About Training

The top enlisted member of the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, said that the Army needs to get back to training for a major conventional war and start moving away from the counterinsurgency training of the past 10+ years.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: December 10, 2014

Here is this week's ASVAB practice question - check back tomorrow for the answer!

If you are thinking about enlisting, remember that this holiday season is the perfect time to talk to a recruiter - especially if you think you might need a waiver or two! It's also never to early to start preparing for the ASVAB, and we have a whole page devoted to study materials and practice tests, right here: Check it out!

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Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at

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Army and Higher Education Leaders Partner to Help Combat Sexual Assault

In late October, senior leaders, medical staff and Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention leaders from Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Washington, partnered with local communities to combat the issue of sexual assault during a conference at the University of Washington's Seattle Campus, yesterday.

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New Army Education Course to Fill E-8 Knowledge Gap

The Army's new Master Leader Course is being planned to prepare newly promoted master sergeants for the next step in their careers. As a new addition to the Army's noncommissioned officer education system, the course is slated for a pilot program in fall 2015, with the academy at Fort Bliss, Texas heading up the planning.

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What You Should Know About Online Education Through Army Knowledge Online

Often referred to as "the world's largest intranet," Army Knowledge Online (AKO) provides web-based enterprise information services to the United States Army, joint, and Department of Defense customers. An AKO account can be obtained by any member of the Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Army civilian, and select contractor workforce. All users can build pages, create file storage areas, and create and participate in discussions on the portal.

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Book Review: The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook

One of the scariest things about leaving for basic military training is venturing into the unknown - and anything that can give you a heads-up about what's to come can help you get in the right mindset to get the most out of basic training. Written by Senior Airman Nicholas Van Wormer - who graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training in 2007 - The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook is designed to help answer many of the most common questions asked by those who are thinking about enlisting or getting ready to ship out!

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Two Credit Card Companies Have Great Military Benefits

Hopefully you know that the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) helps active duty and deployed military members by postponing or delaying certain civil obligations to help reduce stress on both the soldiers and their families while they are serving full-time.

One specific perk of the SCRA limits credit card interest to 6% on credit obligations that were made prior to active-duty activation or deployment. However, American Express and Bank of America will both go above and beyond the law for active duty servicemembers.

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