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!
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
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.
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.
Do you know the basics behind this honor that was bestowed upon Bill Cosby and Gary Sinise, as well as many others ?
By regulation, only the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) may authorize the recognition of an individual as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer.
The title of Honorary Chief Petty Officer is in nature symbolic - there is no pay associated with it, nor is the individual eligible for any veteran's benefits (unless the individual is already a veteran).
If I've sparked your curiosity about this honor, check out the latest article, Honorary Chief Petty Officer to read more!
Someone made mention to me, "Did you know that the Department of Defense (DoD) had schools for children of military families?" Well, I knew a little... and found out more.
The DoDEA instructional program provides a comprehensive pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum that is competitive with that of any school system in the United States. The DoDEA maintains a high school graduation rate of approximately 97 percent.
If you'd like to find out more, check out the latest article DoD Education Activity Schools.
Of the 230 athletes on Team USA competing at the Sochi Olympics, six will be military athletes from the Army World Class Athlete Program.
All of the athletes are competing in the high-speed competitions of bobsled and luge According to Stars and Stripes, Sgt. Nick Cunningham, Capt. Christopher Fogt, Sgt. Preston Griffall, Sgt. Matt Mortensen, Sgt. Justin Olsen and Sgt. Dallas Robinson will represent the United States and serve the United States through the Army World Class Athlete Program.
The Army's WCAP pays active duty soldiers their military salaries while they train to win a spot on the Olympic team.
The U.S. should send a 5,000-strong security assistance brigade to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help stabilize a country ravaged by more than a decade of war, a prominent U.S. military analyst recommends according the the Stars and Stripes. The recommendation comes at a time of increased concern about instability in certain parts of Africa where extremists have taken root, armed in large part with weapons looted from Libyan armories during NATO's air assault on Moammer Gadhafi's regime in 2011. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution also urges the White House to send several hundred military advisers to Libya to help train that country's fledgling armed forces.
It seeks unlikely that the Obama administration would follow O'Hanlon's recommendation.
In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, Obama emphasized that as the war in Afghanistan winds down, he would send U.S. forces into conflict zones only as a last resort.
While Tuesday's State of the Union address only lightly touched on military and veterans issues, a wounded Army Ranger provided the most memorable moment of the night.
Near the end of the hourlong speech, President Barack Obama singled out gallery guest Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger seriously wounded in Afghanistan during his 10th deployment there in 2009, as an example of the unbreakable American spirit. According to Stars and Stripes, Veterans groups hailed Remsburg's appearance as a reminder for civilians that the wounds of war will linger far after the fight in Afghanistan is over. Obama hailed him as a role model for the country.
171,000 beneficiaries lost access to TRICARE Prime Oct. 1, 2013, due to TRICARE closing provider networks more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility (MTF). TRICARE had viewed their previous networks as too costly to maintain so far from military bases, and therefore forced beneficiaries to begin to use TRICARE Standard, the military's fee-for-service option, instead.
Congress, however, stepped in to offer some relief at least for those beneficiaries who live within 100 miles of an MTF. The Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorizations Act contains a provision (Sec. 711) that authorizes the Defense Health Agency to allow beneficiaries who lost TRICARE Prime coverage after September 30, 2013, a new chance to enroll in Prime, the military's managed care health benefit . They will be given a one-time opportunity to rejoin a Prime network and stay covered as long as they remain in the zip code where they re-enroll.