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Army releases tool to educate Soldiers on selection board process

An online training tool for soldiers interested in understanding how the enlisted selection board process works is now available.

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Soldiers urged to participate in gender relations survey

About 700,000 invites to participate in a biennial gender relations study have gone out to active duty service members across the Department of Defense via email.

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Lab tests armored vehicles with auto industry ‘dummies’

In an unassuming warehouse on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., sit nearly 50 men in uniform, waiting for their mission during an upcoming test event. They're sporting Army Combat Uniforms, standard-issue boots, a crane hook protruding from their heads, and a plethora of color-coded wires spilling out the back of their necks.

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After 75 years, more opportunities for enlisted to become officers

A recent change in eligibility now allows enlisted personnel up to age 33 to apply to become officers. Also, there's no longer a requirement to serve in the Army for six years before going to Officer Candidate School.

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Balancing family and mission: Soldiers discuss becoming a father while deployed

It's a tale as old as time: soldiers bidding farewell to their families to serve in a faraway land.


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DOD ramps up training on blended retirement system

Posted  June 3, 2016

The Defense Department’s new retirement system will affect some 2.2 million people who all need to get smart on what it will mean. Two subject-matter experts from the departmentís personnel and readiness branch described the issues involved to DOD News: Army Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the Defense Department’s Manpower and…

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‘Ghost Brigade’ Soldiers prepare for future conflicts

Posted  June 3, 2016

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Since 1981, military personnel have come and gone through the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., to prepare for missions around the world. These month-long rotations are usually geared to prepare a unit for an upcoming mission. For the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, their May 2016 rotation to…

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Changes to retention control points providing increased promotion opportunity for mid-grade Soldiers

Posted  June 3, 2016

Sergeants first class seeking another stripe saw increased opportunity during the fiscal year 2016 master sergeant promotion board, as the selection rate jumped 35 percent, from 8.4 in fiscal year 2015, to 11.8 in fiscal year 2016. Those increased opportunities to serve come as a result of projected openings in the master sergeant ranks that…

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Total Army Force leaders plan three-year ‘Associated Units’ Pilot

Posted  June 3, 2016

Key leaders of the Total Army Force focused, May 25-26, on the details and design concepts behind the U.S. Army’s Associated Units program in a pilot-implementation forum. The forum focused on the initial steps for training, manning, equipping, leading and maintaining the vital readiness for key active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve units…

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‘Truckmasters’ support Danger Focus

Posted  June 3, 2016

Soldiers assigned to the 24th Composite Truck Company, Heavy and 526th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, conducted daily logistics package missions from May 1 through May 17 at Fort Riley. The purpose was to resupply the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team’s Danger Focus training exercise. Danger…

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