Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring. Read more »

Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs. Read more »

President Calls for More Icebreakers


President Obama has requested money from Congress for new icebreaker ships for the Coast Guard, and would also like to accelerate the acquisition for an already-planned new icebreaker.

This request comes for a few reasons: the warming of the Arctic waters and the coastline around Alaska is increasing the amount of ship traffic through the area, a large amount of untapped resources are available in the Artic area, the US has fallen behind many other nations in icebreaking ability. Read more »

Cutter Eagle to Undergo Phase II Overhaul

The 79-year old Coast Guard cutter Eagle made quite a sight as it returned to Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, for Phase II of its almost $30 million overhaul. Read more »

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

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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. Read more »

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. Read more »

USCG Ending Ground Mission in Afghanistan

Ever since 2003 the US Coast Guard has had small teams on the ground in Afghanistan to inspect and certify shipments heading from the war back to the US, but now with combat operations in Afghanistan ending months ago, that team's mission is ending, and the Coast Guard is pulling out of Afghanistan all together. Read more »

To Fight Drug Smuggling, USCG Fleet Needs Upgrades

The Coast Guard's ability to interdict drug smugglers and immigrants in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen steadily since the 2009 sequestration cuts, and it is asking for more money in fiscal year 2016 to help turn the tide. Read more »

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 »

Coast Guard Anchor Line

Navy boss: Russian jets should stop buzzing US planes, ship

Russian jets buzzing a U.S. military ship and planes in the Baltics are escalating tension between the two nations, the chief of naval operations said Monday.
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Pentagon: No changes for US troops following Green Zone protests in Baghdad

The Pentagon has no plans to heighten security or move U.S. troops in Baghdad after protesters loyal to Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr breached the Green Zone over the weekend to demand political reform, Capt. Jeff Davis said Monday.
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US military tests world's largest unmanned ship, designed to cross oceans

The military is launching tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel — a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.
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'Everyone wins' in kids’ special softball game at Ramstein

The event was part of Kaiserslautern Military Community Adaptive Sports, a program designed to give students with moderate-to-severe learning disabilities opportunities to play team sports.
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How many of the 411 national parks have you been to? Here's a checklist.

Courtesy of the National Park Service, here's a list of every unit — from nature preserves to historical sites to memorials to seashores — that the Park Service administers.
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After quitting jobs, he's trying to be the youngest to visit all 411 national park sites

Mikah Meyer visited the Washington Monument on Friday, just like more than 600,000 other people do every year. But for Meyer, it was especially momentous: the first stop, he says, on a three-year trip to visit every single national park in the country.
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