Thursday February 27, 2014
I counted it as an honor to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Services. I also counted it as a responsibility of mine to represent my uniform and my country in an honorable way. A new Facebook group hs been created with the purpose of finding and exposing servicemembers who post controversial photos and comments on social media.
The group -- Military Social Media Idiots -- has one message: "If you are wearing the uniform, DON'T POST PICTURES OF YOURSELF THAT WILL DISGRACE THE UNIFORM."
What soldiers post on social media has the potential to ruin their military careers. According to a report posted on Stars and Stripes, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated, "I worry a bit about ... the young men and women who are now in their teens, early teens, and who probably underestimate the impact of their persona in social media and what impact that could have later in life on things like security clearances and promotions and selections."
My advice? Soldiers, USE YOUR HEAD WHEN POSTING TO SOCIAL MEDIA!
Tuesday February 25, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an online GI Bill Comparison Tool to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA's approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school.
The GI Bill Comparison Tool can be found at: http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison
Monday February 24, 2014
In a spending proposal to be revealed February 21, the Pentagon plans to shrink the Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and scrap the Air Force's A-10 attack jets, though it will maintain the Navy's carrier fleet at 11 -- for now.
According to multiple media reports, the Army had long been expecting to take hits on its end strength. The Associated Press is reporting that although the Army was scheduled to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to propose cutting it to between 440,000 and 450,000.
Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff has stated that whatever the future size of the Army, it must adapt to conditions that are different from what many soldiers have become accustomed to during more than a decade of war.
Monday February 17, 2014
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) provides uniformed Service members equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets within the United States when government quarters are not provided. A uniformed service member stationed outside the U.S., including U.S. territories and possessions, not furnished government housing, is eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).
The 2014 BAH rates took effect January 1, 2014 with an increase of an average 5.0% or $75 to $80 for Basic Allowance Housing. This is the largest increase in 5 years, .08 higher than anticipated and higher than the 3.8% increase last year.
If are an Enlisted member without dependents you can find your BAH for 2014 here.