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Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

  • Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America.

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New Subject Matter Expert Program for Army Medical Department

  • In August 2014, over 50 enlisted Soldiers, spanning the ranks of staff sergeant to sergeant major, attended the newly established and revitalized subject-matter expert, or SME, training session. Upon completion, all Soldiers received certificates of training and letters appointing each as the Army Medical Department, or AMEDD, SME to the Army Medical Command sergeant major and surgeon general for their respective military occupational specialties, or MOS, and/or additional skill identifiers, ASI.

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Soldier-Mentors Support Students at U.S. All-American Bowl

  • The new year brought with it the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3, bringing together the nation's top high school football players and musicians, and offering soldiers the opportunity to serve as mentors.

    The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) sent 10 of the 23 soldier-mentors to the event, where community outreach and fun competitive events enabled the mentors to show the students more about the many opportunities available to them through the Army.

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Job Outlook: Careers in Computers and Information Technology

  • A career in the technology field can be rewarding and lucrative, and information technology careers also have the added advantage of being plentiful. Nearly every company or business employs workers skilled in various areas of computers and information technology, from systems administrators to database professionals, to graphic designers and web developers. Working with computers demands high attention to detail and a foundation in mathematical and analytical skills.

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Job Outlook: Careers In Criminal Justice

  • A career in Criminal Justice can be rewarding and exciting to be sure -- but the actual experience may be far from the jobs portrayed on television shows like CSI and major Hollywood films. While popular culture has given careers in Criminal Justice a neon glow and allure, the jobs themselves may not have the glamour of the big screen, but they do have the gratification of providing a highly specialized skill set to serve the criminal justice system, which may be very rewarding for job seekers.

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