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DoD announces guidance for upgrading discharge requests

Posted September 5, 2014 by Department of Defense

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it has issued supplemental guidance to Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records, BCM/NR, when considering petitions regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. “This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “This…

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DOD: Services continue strong recruiting through November 2014

Posted January 9, 2015 by DOD News,

WASHINGTON — All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2015 through November 2014, Defense Department officials announced Tuesday. Here are the active-component recruiting numbers for fiscal year 2015 through November 2014: — Army: 10,036 accessions, 101.6 percent of its goal of 9,880; — Navy: 5,079 accessions, 100 percent…

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Understanding Inspector General inspections

Posted June 21, 2012 by By Capt. Marty Bishop

The Inspector General Office has a duty to provide its commanding general information concerning how units are functioning in regards to assorted responsibilities. IG inspections are usually conducted to provide this key officer a means of insight of how his units are performing with a…

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DoD: Prepare now for tax season, DoD official advises

Posted December 5, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said the director of the Pentagon’s Office of Family Policy and Children and Youth. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson suggested visiting the…

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DoD expanding use of mobile platforms, apps

Posted May 9, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has started putting commercial off-the-shelf mobile devices into the hands of DoD personnel, and expects eventually to support about 100,000 separate devices, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s, or DISA, program manager for DoD mobility said Monday. The implementation plan for expanded mobile device access has been in place for…

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Marines: Diversity to Corps — Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted October 10, 2014 by Cpl. Bradley Carrier

Americans take time to recognize Hispanic and Latino American’s contributions and celebrate their heritage and culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15.

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Marines: Experience survival, spiders, cobras in Thailand

Posted February 20, 2015 by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra

BAN CHAN KREM, Thailand — My journey begins on a small island, Okinawa, south of mainland Japan. I’ve been stationed there as a Marine for close to nine months now and, finally, got the chance to deploy. I received orders to support exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand — a country I’ve always wanted to visit….

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DoD releases update to sexual assault prevention, response policy

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense released updated policies and procedures aimed at combating sexual assaults in the military and improving care for victims, March 28. Senior defense officials said the updated policies and procedures provide a framework that improves safety for sexual assault victims, standardizes victim-assistance services across the force, enhances prevention efforts and…

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Air Force: Airmen can ‘chat’ live via myPers for personnel support

Posted February 21, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Personnel Center, or AFPC, officials have implemented a live chat capability on the myPers website to allow real-time communication between Airmen and personnel specialists. Launched in 2012, myPers represents a shift from primarily face-to-face personnel interaction to a process that enables Airmen to handle their personnel transactions…

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Commissaries partnering with food banks

Posted July 11, 2014 by Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Commissary Agency, DECA, has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks. The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Department of Defense, but both numbers will continue to rise. “During…

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