Defense

2016 BAH rates announced

Posted December 21, 2015 by

The Department of Defense has released the 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates.  Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 3.4 percent when the new rates take effect on January 1, 2016.  An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million Service members.  On average, Basic Allowance for Housing rates…

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Get your purple on to recognize military children

Posted April 11, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Time to get your purple on, America. April 15 is Purple Up! day, a time for Americans to show their support for military families. Department of Defense Education Activity schools will celebrate the event April 20 because of spring recess. “It’s to build awareness for the needs of military families,” said Barbara…

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Rogers: Data Manipulation, Non-State Actor Intrusions are Coming Cyber Threats

Posted November 19, 2015 by Cheryl PellerinDoD News

WASHINGTON — Two specific emerging challenges are among those that concern Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency. The challenges are a potential inability to trust financial and other data due to manipulation by adversaries, and the disregard of some non-state actors for connectivity and other staples…

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Legal expert offers tax time solutions for maximum benefits

Posted February 6, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – Winter brings not only cold weather, but for some, the dreaded confusion of tax season. However, service members, retirees and family members can get fast, free, professional help in filing their tax returns between now and June 2015, a Pentagon official said. Army Lt. Col. Samuel W. Kan, an attorney and Certified Financial…

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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

Posted July 28, 2016 by

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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Independent survey shows decline in military sexual assaults

Posted May 8, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – An independent survey confirms the prevalence of sexual assault in the military has dropped, Defense Department officials said today. Statistics in the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study show the percentage of active duty women who experienced unwanted sexual contact over the past year declined from 6.1 percent in 2012 to an estimated 4.3…

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Service Members should register and request absentee ballots now

Posted January 26, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON — Defense Department personnel and their families who plan to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming presidential primaries and the general election in November should complete a registration application and request their ballots now, according to a Federal Voting Assistance Program release. To register and request ballots, complete the Federal Post Card Application using…

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DoD extends Armed Services YMCA contract

Posted March 20, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced a one-year extension to the Armed Services Young Men’s Christian Association Military Outreach Initiative, according to DoD officials. Originally set to expire in March 2015, the contract with the YMCA will now continue uninterrupted until March 2016. “We are very pleased that we are able to extend this…

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Defense

Military children serve, Too

Posted April 15, 2016 by Jim GaramoneDoD News

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department knows that the whole family serves when a military member serves. April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by military children. It’s also a chance to catch up on what the department does for military families. As a group, military children are…

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Final rule puts more teeth into Military Lending Act

Posted July 24, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department today closed loopholes to protect U.S. men and women in uniform from predatory lending practices, President Barack Obama said this morning at the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The heightened level of financial and consumer-rights protection against unscrupulous practices, called the final rule of the…

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