Retiree Handbook

Are you about to retire from active duty? Are you curious about the benefits your veteran parent should be receiving. You can find answers to many questions folks have after leaving the US Army in the Retirement Services Office Handbook for Retired Soldiers and Family Members.

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US Army Plans to Monitor Computers for "Malicious Behavior"

In the wake of the massive leak of information caused by Pfc. Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, Maj. Gen. Steven Smith, chief of the Army Cyber Directorate is looking into ways to make the US Army computer network smarter and more secure.

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Recent Military Misconduct Troubles US Officials

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, as well as senior Army and Marine Corps leaders, are becoming increasingly concerned over the recent spate of misconduct from soldiers.

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Flash bang prank

There is a lot of camaraderie and free time in the Army. That typically leads to lots of pranks. Got any good prank stories?

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Osama's Death - One Year Ago

With the one-year anniversary of Osama binLaden's death tomorrow, the Washington Post has posted a slideshow of pictures from the operation and the aftermath.

How did you feel when Osama's death was announced? Was it important to target him, or did we just do it out of revenge?

What are your thoughts?

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Army Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Training

If you plan on serving just one six-year enlistment or making the Army your career, as a non-commissioned officer (NCO) you will attend different leadership schools when you attain various ranks throughout your time in the Army, including:

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Congress Set to Buy Tanks the Army Says it Doesn't Need.

The Army says they don't need anymore tanks until 2014, and then want to wait until 2017 to begin upgrading the M1 Abrams tanks in order to avoid spending unnecessary money and would rather spend to upgrade aviation and battlefield network capabilities.

173 Members of the House of Representatives, citing a desire to keep the General Dynamics Land System plant in Lima, Ohio open, wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, asking him to override the Army's request.

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Prepare Yourself For Survival

Your mission as a soldier in a survival situation is to stay alive. As you can see, you are going to experience an assortment of thoughts and emotions. These can work for you, or they can work to your downfall. Fear,anxiety, anger, frustration, guilt, depression, and loneliness are all possible reactions to the many stresses common to survival. These reactions, when controlled in a healthy way, help to increase a soldier’s likelihood of surviving. They prompt the soldier to pay more attention in training, to fight back when scared, to take actions that ensure sustenance and security, to keep faith with his fellow soldiers, and to strive against large odds. When the survivor cannot control these reactions in a healthy way, they can bring him to a standstill. Instead of rallying his internal resources, the soldier listens to his internal fears. This soldier experiences psychological defeat long before he physically succumbs.

Remember, survival is natural to everyone; being unexpectedly thrust into the life and death struggle of survival is not. Don’t be afraid of your “natural reactions to this unnatural situation.” Prepare yourself to rule over these reactions so they serve your ultimate interest—staying alive with the honor and dignity associated with being an American soldier.

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Is there any way to help the North Korean people when their leaders say things like this?

According to reports by the Associated Press a high-ranking North Korean military leader claims that they have "powerful modern weapons ... that can defeat the (U.S.) imperialists at a single blow".

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