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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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20 Women To Begin Ranger School Today

The 20 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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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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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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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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Defense Budget Woes...Again

Both Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey testified in mid-March that the House defense budget, which uses emergency war funding to skirt defense spending limits, would be vetoed by the President if it passes through Congress.

The budget proposal, which would maintain the $523 billion cap for base spending and put $94 billion into the OCO fund, came from fiscal conservatives in the House Budget Committee. Other budgets have proposed exceeding the base budget cap and providing $577 billion for the base budget with $51 billion for the OCO fund.

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Army.com Introduces Dating Service

Army.com is happy to announce our affiliation with DatingFactory in providing access to their database of singles. Visitors to Army.com can now find those in the military looking for a date. You can also explore singles in other "uniform" jobs such as police, firemen/women, security, and medical personnel.

DatingFactory offers free and paid membership options, features such as chat, and a world of singles for you to browse through and make contact with. You can access our Army Romantic Rendezvous by using the Interact menu option in the top menu navigation or by directly going to dating.army.com.

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Find Out MRE Nutrition Online

A new website has launched, giving soldiers (and civilians) a look into the nutrition information of all sorts of military rations!

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