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ASVAB Question of the Week: April 15, 2015

Here is our ASVAB practice question for this week - the answer is posted in the comments!

If you want to enlist and avoid the summer rush, get to your recruiter TODAY - you can be in delayed entry (DEP) for up to a year before shipping to BCT! While you're waiting, use our ASVAB study guide (http://army.com/info/asvab/general) to make sure you qualify for your preferred MOS!

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The VA, One Year Later

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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ASVAB Question of the Week: April 8, 2015

Here is our ASVAB practice question for this week - the answer is in the comments below!

With both college and high schools winding down recruiters are about to be VERY busy. Avoid the summer rush by talking to a recruiter today - you have up to a year to get in shape and study for the ASVAB before you ship out! Check out our ASVAB study materials (http://army.com/info/asvab/general) and our Army Physical Fitness Test info (http://army.com/info/apft/basics) to get even more prepared!

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Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

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!

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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ASVAB Question of the Week: April 1, 2015

Here is your ASVAB practice question for this week - the answer is in the comments below!

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President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

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

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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ASVAB Question of the Week: March 25, 2015

Here is our ASVAB practice question for this week - the answer is in the comments below!

If you're preparing to enlist, there are a lot of things that you need to do - get in shape, pick out an MOS, and start preparing for the ASVAB. You only get one shot at the ASVAB, and your score can determine your entire military career! If you're thinking about enlisting, check out our study materials over at http://army.com/info/asvab/general!

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Book Review: The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook

One month after September 11, 2001, Michael Volkin enlisted into the Army Reserves. According to him, he left home "without an ounce of military knowledge", but he took notes on everything he did and saw during BCT. After graduating, he also picked the brains of his fellow soldiers - what did they do to get through BCT, how did they adapt, what do they wish they knew going in? With this information he assembled The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook, with the goal that no other soldier should have to go through BCT without an idea of what to expect. Let's take a look at what this book offers, and if it fulfills his promise!

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