With More Vets Returning Home, How Are Colleges Preparing?

The U.S. government estimates that more than one million veterans will return home over the next five years, and with their homecoming comes a huge responsibility to ensure their successful transition back to civilian life. For many veterans, this will include a return to higher education. But how can veterans best prepare for a return to college? And how are colleges preparing to serve those who have served their country?

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US House Passes 2014 Budget [update: And Senate!]

The House has finally passed a budget for the 2014 fiscal year, and although it's not great, it could have been much worse for the Pentagon.

This new budget contains $1.1 trillion in spending, with $572 billion of that earmarked for defense spending. Here are some of the specifics in the budget:

  • This budget funds a 1% pay raise and restores full raises for medical retirees and survivors whose cost of living adjument(COLA) would have been capped under the original budget.
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ASVAB Question of the Week: January 15, 2014

Here is this week's ASVAB review question:

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Finalists for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Announced

The three finalists have been selected for the final phase of testing for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, and here they are!

The first finalist, from AM General (the maker of the original HMMWV):

The second finalist, from Lockheed-Martin:

And the third finalist, from Oshkosh Defense:

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New DoD Grants Promote STEM Subjects for Public Schools

If you are an enlisted service member, active duty, or reserve, and have a child attending a public school with a significant number of other children from military families, your child may benefit from increased grant funding from the Department of Defense. 

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Six CBO Proposals to Cut Defense Spending

The Congressional Budget Office has proposed six different ways for the military to cut between $10 and $495 billion by 2023, but many of those cuts would be difficult or downright impossible.

The six cuts are:

Cap pay raises for military members. Although this could save over $24 billion by 2023, recruiting and retention would almost certainly be compromised.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: January 8, 2014

Here's our first ASVAB Question for the 2014!

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Book Review: US Military History for Dummies

If you are interested in military history, or the history of the United States, you are probably familiar with most of the facts and events in this book. If you aren't a history buff, this book promises a much quicker and easier way to get a broad overview of the history of American conflicts. Let's see if US Military History for Dummies can live up to that promise.

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Danger Pay to be Eliminated in 20 Areas

Effective June 1 of 2014, the Defense Department is removing 20 areas from the list of those receiving imminent danger pay. Those soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in imminent danger areas receive an extra $225 stipend per month.

According to, the areas removed from the list will be:

  • Arabian Sea
  • Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Oman
  • Red Sea
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Where Dwight Eisenhower and Nine Other Military Leaders Went to College

Major military academies have long been a favorite among top military leaders in the U.S. Check out where these ten military leaders attended college.

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