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Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

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Soldiers Need Love Too

Have you checked out Army.com's dating service yet? Meet others serving our country or people who are interested in dating someone in the military.

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Lenders Still Not Following SCRA

According to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, some lenders are violating federal law by not adhering to the rules set forth in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, despite the fact that some recent violators have been fined millions of dollars.

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Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.

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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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