News and Current Events

The VA, One Year Later

  • 04/09/2015 - 09:16

    It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

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Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

  • 04/06/2015 - 09:09

    After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

    Some of his proposed changes:

    • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.
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Army Tattoo Policy Change Coming!

  • 04/02/2015 - 08:07

    A new tattoo policy that will do away with the limit on the number and size of permissible tattoos is coming soon, thanks to input from soldiers and officers throughout the Army.

    This new policy, which won't take effect until the new revision of Army Regulation 670-1 is published, would allow soldiers (and potential soldiers) to have tattoos on their legs and/or arms as long as the tattoos are not visible while wearing an Army uniform. The ban on neck, head, face, and hand tattoos as well as any tattoos that contain extremist, sexist, or racist content will still be in place, however.

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President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

  • 03/31/2015 - 08:31

    The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

  • 03/26/2015 - 08:56

    The Army announced yesterday that it would be pursuing charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army soldier who disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. He will be charged with both desertion and misbehavior before the enemy - charges which could send him to prison for life.

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