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July 4th Reminder: Be Courteous to your Veterans

The website MilitaryWithPTSD.com is trying to both help veterans suffering from PTSD and help others understand the challenges faced by sufferers of PTSD, especially around the 4th of July. Their "Explosion of Kindness" campaign is trying to educate civilians about the stress that unexpected fireworks can place upon veterans, their families, and their caregivers.

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DoD Submits Retirement Changes to Congress

After a long silence on the issue, the Pentagon has sent its formal recommendations for changes to the military retirement system - changes that include a "blended" retirement option that includes a smaller pension plus government contributions to an individual retirement account.

The Pentagon's Changes

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New Camo Pattern in Stores July 1!

The Army's transition to its newest ACU camo pattern - called Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) - will be starting at 19 Army posts throughout the country on July 1. OCP is not only a different camo pattern from the current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) and MultiCam (issued to deploying soldiers since 2010), but the ACU also features a few design changes following requests from some soldiers.

New Camouflage Pattern, New Design

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Blue Star Offering Free Museum Admission This Summer

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and with it the official start of summer. This summer, the Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Department of Defense have partnered with more than 2,000 museums (in all 50 states) to give free admission for military members and their families.

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NCO Suggestions to Fix the Army

At the end of April at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 79 noncommissioned officers gathered for the 3-day NCO Solarium. The NCO Solarium is a unique chance for the NCO's to discuss problems they have noticed with experts, formulate a solution, and then present that solution to leadership personnel - including Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey.

ArmyTimes.com was able to interview several of the participants in the Solarium about what was discussed:

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19 Women To Begin Ranger School Today UPDATED: 8 Recycled, 11 Out

The 19 women who successfully completed the Ranger Training Assessment Course (RTAC) will begin Ranger School today.

The Army is running a one-time integrated assessment as part of a wider initiative to open as many combat-related MOSs to women as possible. Although the women who complete the Ranger School course will be awarded the much-coveted Ranger tab, they will not be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

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DARPA Tests Guided Bullet


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly known as DARPA has been the birthplace of a lot of advanced military technology, and they are at it again!

Test footage from the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which has been researching guided bullets, has provided the proof that not only will it make a snipers job easier, it can actually make hitting a moving target a trivial issue - even for those with little to no training.

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SMA Dailey's Weekly PT Routine

For the new Sergeant Major of the Army, Dan Dailey, PT time is sacred, and he is trying to spread that enthusiasm throughout the Army.

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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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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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