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Beware of Retailers with Guaranteed Loan Approvals!

A very important story published jointly by ProPublica and The Washington Post reveals that some stores advertising themselves as "military-friendly" can be anything but.

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A retired colonel thinks a smaller Army is a Strong Army

The US Army currently has about 520,000 soldiers, and due to the continuing threat of sequestration and ever-present budget problems, they may need to drop down to 450,00 in the near future. One retired Army colonel thinks that that is still too many soldiers, and thinks dropping down to 420,000 might actually strengthen the force.

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New TA Policy Means You May Pay for a Bad Grade

The Department of Defense is combating the rising cost of Tuition Assistance program by adding one small caveat: perform poorly in the class, and you have to pay back the tuition money.

Undergraduate courses will require a grade of "C" or higher, while graduate courses will require a "B" or higher to avoid recoupment. Those who receive an "I" for Incomplete will have to repay unless they convert the I into a satisfactory grade.

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Senate Committee Backs VA Secretary Nominee

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has unanimously back the former Proctor & Gamble CEO to be the next head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

Robert McDonald graduated from the United States Military Academy and served as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division before beginning work at Proctor & Gamble - where he worked for 33 years, including CEO from 2009-2011. When asked why he wanted the VA Secretary job, Mr. McDonald stated that he "desperately want[s] this job because I think I can make a difference".

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ASVAB Question of the Week: July 23, 2014

Here is our ASVAB practice question for this week:

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ASVAB Question of the Week: July 16, 2014

Here is our ASVAB question for this week:

Remember that the ASVAB is more than just a test - the score you get on it can effect your entire Army career! We have plenty of study materials to help you get the best score possible:

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VA Head Says GI Bill Future Secure

A little bit of good news coming from the Department of Veteran's Affairs - GI bill benefits are likely safe, despite the financial strain faced by the Pentagon and Congress.

Speaking at an event that marked the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill, the Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson made remarks that should help to assuage fears that the GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill may be headed for the chopping block.

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VA Caught Bullying Whistleblowers

It looks like the problems at the Veterans Administration don't stop with general mismanagement and misreporting of wait times - apparently the VA also went after whistleblowers who tried to change the system.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: July 9, 2014

Here is a new ASVAB practice question for this week:

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STEM Skills or College Degree?

A recent study by the Brookings Institute has come up with a surprising fact about job openings in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math.

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