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 »

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 »

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Colonel credits St. Thomas roots for rise through US Air Force ranks

Col. Wistaria Joseph, a native of the Virgin Islands who is set to take command of the 7th Mission Support Group at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, says she has succeeded, in part, due to the attitude her mother instilled in her while growing up in the territory.
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Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.
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Prosecutors seek 3½ years in prison for ex-Auschwitz guard

German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 3½-year prison sentence for a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, saying his role there made him an accessory to murder.
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200 detonators, explosives stolen from French military site

French authorities are investigating the theft of roughly 200 detonators plus grenades and plastic explosives from a military site in southeastern France, officials said Tuesday.
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Israel: UNESCO 'ignores' Jewish, Christian ties to Jerusalem

Israel is criticizing a looming decision on Jerusalem by the U.N.'s cultural agency, saying it ignores Jewish and Christian ties to the biblical city.
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Gunmen attempt attack on state radio in C. African Republic

The director of Central African Republic state radio says armed gunmen surrounded the station and attempted an attack but were repelled by security forces overnight.
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