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. Read more »

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.

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

Service-Wide PT Test Cancelled

After more than 2 years of testing, research, and development, Coast Guard officials have decided not to implement a service-wide fitness test. Read more »

Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America. Read more »

Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions. Read more »

USCG Cutter Fires at Iranian Vessel

Both the US Coast Guard and the Iranian Navy have confirmed that a single shot was fired from the USCG cutter Monomoy late last month. Read more »

Order of 8 USCG Cutters Assured

The Coast Guard's National Security Cutter (NSC) is among the largest and most sophisticated cutters ever designed by the Coast Guard, and while the USCG originally wanted 8, the looming and ever-present budget cuts threatened to reduce that number down to 6. In late June of this year, however, the Coast Guard was given assurances that all 8 would be made as ordered. Read more »

Early Retirement Program May Open for Enlisted

Coast Guard officers that have between 15 and 19 years of service come Oct. 1, 2015 can apply for an early retirement with the USCG's Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) between now and August 15.

TERA allows some Coast Guard officers that might be interested in starting a second career a chance to start that sooner, while still receiving some retirement pay and trimming the USCG's payroll. Read more »

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Israel, Palestinians criticized over fighting at UN sites in Gaza

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