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10/13/03 - ABCs of the ASVAB
The ASVAB is the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Test. Test results determine (1) whether or not one qualifies for military service, and (2) if so, what jobs they qualify for. The ASVAB consists of nine sub-tests which results in an overall ASVAB score and various ASVAB sub-test scores.

10/08/03 - Military College Loan Repayment Program (CLRP)
The College Loan Repayment Program is an enlistment incentive. Like other enlistment incentives authorized by Congress, each of the services are free to offer the program, or not, as they see fit, in order to meet their established recruiting goals. Under the program, the military will repay a portion of eligible college loans for non-prior service enlisted military members.

09/25/03 - Professional Resume Writers - Should You Hire One?
Searching for employment after a military career can be a daunting task. In part 9 of the continuing series, 'Life After the Military,' guest-author Doris Appelbaum discusses whether you should consider hiring a professional to write your resume.

09/20/03 - Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, Simplified
The very nature of military service often compromises the ability of service members to fulfill their financial obligations and to assert many of their legal rights. Congress and the state legislatures have long recognized the need for protective legislation, which has resulted in the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA).

09/18/03 - Upgrading Your Military Discharge
Any person who has been discharged or dismissed, or his or her heirs or legal representative, may apply to the appropriate service's Discharge Review Board. The Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard have separate boards. The Navy operates the board for both Navy personnel and members of the United States Marine Corps.

09/13/03 - Army College Fund
The Army College Fund (ACF) is an enlistment benefit that adds to the MGIB. One cannot have the ACF without participating in the MGIB, as the two programs run hand-in-hand. The Army restricts the ACF only to MOSs (enlisted jobs) that are experiencing significant shortages.

09/02/03 - Army BEAR Program
The Bonus Extension and Retraining (BEAR) Program is designed to assist in force alignment. It allows eligible soldiers an opportunity to extend their enlistment for formal retraining into a shortage MOS (job) that is presently in the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) Program and, upon completion of retraining, receive a SRB in the newly awarded PMOS.

08/31/03 - Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course
The Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course (PLC) is an alternative for NROTC or OCS for college students who wish to become commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps.

08/10/03 - Navy Enlisted Promotion Sytem
Ever wanted to know what it takes to get promoted in the United States Navy? We've taken the "gobbly-gook" out of the Navy Enlisted Promotion Manual and present the process "in the clear." Part 4 of a multi-part series.

08/07/03 - Transitioning to a Civilian Career
Searching for a job after the military that fits your skill-set and conforms to your separation date can be difficult and discouraging - especially in today's economy. This week, guest-author Doris Appelbaum provides some helpful tips about preparation and where to go online for one of the biggest career moves you'll ever make.

08/04/03 - Getting Out of the Military
Hardly a week goes by that I don't receive email from someone asking how they can get out of the military. Sometimes the person is disillusioned -- perhaps their recruiter lied to them, or perhaps they had "selective listening," and only heard what they wanted to hear. Perhaps they simply decide, after basic training and/or job training that they don't like the military, and want out.

07/21/03 - Marine Corps Enlisted Promotion Sytem
Ever wanted to know what it takes to get promoted in the United States Marine Corps? We've taken the "gobbly-gook" out of the Marine Corps Enlisted Promotion Regulation and present the process "in the clear." Part 3 of a multi-part series.

07/16/03 - Transitioning and Fears
Many transitioning military feel a need to cover all contingencies before proceeding with an action or plan. This may appear to reflect reasonable caution and planning. Actually, it can stall a person to the point of getting nowhere. Part 7 of the continuing series, Life After the Military.

07/14/03 - Air Force Enlisted Promotion System
Ever wanted to know what it takes to get promoted in the Air Force? We've taken the "gobbly-gook" out of the Air Force Enlisted Promotion Regulation and present the process "in the clear." Part 2 of a multi-part series.

07/10/03 - The 2nd MEPS Experience
Most people who enlist on active duty make two trips to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). The first trip is for initial qualification determination, and enlisting in the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP). The second trip is for actually enlisting on active duty, and shipping off to basic training.

07/06/03 - Army Enlisted Promotion System
Ever wanted to know what it takes to get promoted in the Army? We've taken the "gobbly-gook" out of the Army Enlisted Promotion Regulation and present the process "in the clear." Part 1 of a multi-part series. In future parts, we'll cover the enlisted promotion systems of the Air Force, Navy, and Marines.

06/28/03 - Diary of a Sea-Going Sailor (Part 4)
What's it like being assigned to a U.S. Navy Ship? In this 5-part series, STG1 Patrick Long describes life aboard the USS Porter (DDG-78). In Part 4 - Assignments, Watches, and Ship's Routine.

06/22/03 - Diary of a Sea-Going Sailor (Part 3)
What's it like being assigned to a U.S. Navy Ship? In this 5-part series, STG1 Patrick Long describes life aboard the USS Porter (DDG-78). In Part 3 - Indoctrination.

06/14/03 - FY 2003 Recruiting Goals
One thing about the enlistment process that many people don't understand are military recruiting goals. Congress sets the size of the military, and that determines how many can enlist each year. So far, for FY 2003, the services are doing very well.

06/14/03 - Diary of a Sea-Going Sailor (Part 2)
What's it like being assigned to a U.S. Navy Ship? In this 5-part series, STG1 Patrick Long describes life aboard the USS Porter (DDG-78). In Part 2 - Welcome Aboard!

06/08/03 - Diary of a Sea-Going Sailor
What's it like being assigned to a U.S. Navy Ship? In this 5-part series, STG1 Patrick Long describes life aboard the USS Porter (DDG-78). In Part 1 - Reporting to the Ship.

06/05/03 - Mail to/from Iraq to Speed Up
The Military Postal Service Agency has received a number of complaints about the speed of mail deliveries to and from Iraq. The officials are aware of the problems and expect changes to ease some stumbling blocks.

06/02/03 - Military Members Can Vote Online
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), in conjunction with several states and counties, has begun conducting a large Internet registration and voting demonstration for the 2004 election. This Congressionally mandated project is called SERVE, which stands for Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment.

05/26/03 - Career Action Planning
In part six of the continuing series, Life After the Military, guest-author Doris Appelbaum covers the topic of career action plans.

05/15/03 - The Electronic Data Processing Test
The Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT) has the reputation of being one of the hardest tests that one can take at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). The EDPT is used by only two of the military services: The Air Force and the Marine Corps.

05/13/03 - Family Member Life Insurance Program
Family Servicemans Group Life Insurance (SGLI) (FSGLI) coverage provides life insurance coverage for the spouses and dependent children of all servicemembers (Active Duty and Ready Reserve) who have full-time SGLI coverage.

05/10/03 - Air Force Recruiting Duty
Becoming an Air Force recruiter can be the most challenging and gratifying job you will ever have. Recruiters are responsible for the number and quality of young men and women who enlist and begin their Air Force careers. There are few jobs in the Air Force more challenging, satisfying, and rewarding as Recruiting. A more vital enlisted profession does not exist in the USAF.

05/05/03 - Military Food Stamp Allowance Program
Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2001, qualifying servicemembers can receive up to $500 a month with the new family subsistence supplemental allowance (FSSA). The program was designed to help families on food stamps.

05/01/03 - Paradise on a Military Budget
I love my job. I'm writing this article on the balcony of my 5th floor luxury condo at the Maverick Resort, located at Ormond Beach, Florida. For just $249 per week, you too can rent a luxury condo. Assuming you're "military," of course.

04/09/03 - What About the Children?
Ever wonder what happens to the children of military single-parents or military couples with children when the military member deploys? A program called Family Care Plan ensures they are well taken care of.

04/03/03 - Support Your Military Members
The anthrax threat has eliminated programs where people can send mail to 'any servicemember.' Don't fear, however. There are plenty of other ways you can show your support for members of the United States Military.

03/28/03 - U.S. Military Special Operations
Lock up a bunch of military members in a room, ask them to debate which Special Operations Group is the best. However, don't make any plans for the immediate future. They'll still be arguing about it when the beer and potato chips run out. Here's a look at U.S. Military Special Operations Forces.

03/26/03 - MOPP Level 4, Gas! Gas!
Many nations have a considerable variety of lethal and incapacitating chemical agents and the means to deliver them. Here's how the United States Military protects against chemical and biological attacks.

03/24/03 - The U.S. Military Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct (CoC) is the legal guide for the behavior of U.S. Military members who are captured by hostile forces. The Code of Conduct, in six brief Articles, addresses those situations and decision areas that, to some degree, all military personnel could encounter.

03/23/03 - Non-Nuclear Missiles and Bombs
Part 2 of a multi-part feature article about United States Military weapons and equipment. In Part 2, military missiles and bombs, including 'smart' and 'dumb' weapons.

03/21/03 - U.S. Military Weapons of War
There is no argument that the United States Military is the most powerful military in the World. We have achieved a level of technology in military weapons and equipment that no other nation on earth comes close to.
In Part 1 of this multi-part feature article, all about the weapons and equipment used by the infantry and special operations forces.

03/19/03 - U.S. Military 101
The basics of the United States Military, including the mission of the five military branches, organizational chain of command, and an overview of military ranks.

03/12/03 - The Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP)
Detailed explanation of the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) for active duty military, as well as policies concerning discharge (release) from the DEP.

02/23/03 - Two Year Enlistments Coming
Congress wants all of the military services to offer a shorter active duty enlistment program. As such, Congress passed a requirement as part of the FY 2003 Military Appropriations Act which requires all of the services to develop a shortened enlistment program by October 1, 2003.

02/16/03 - Military Weddings and Honeymoons
Recent news articles have reported a dramatic upsurge in the number of military weddings. With continuing deployments and the future uncertain, it's no wonder so many couples are tying the knot. Join About's Honeymoon & Romatic Getaways Guide and I as we answer questions concerning military weddings and honeymoons.

01/27/03 - Military Tax Guide
There are several special circumstances for military members in the United States income tax laws. This article covers the special tax situations of active members of the U.S. Armed Forces for the tax-year of 2002 (for returns filed in 2003). It does not cover military pensions or veterans' benefits or give the basic tax rules that apply to all taxpayers.

01/13/03 - Unemployable? Too Young? Too Old?
The average United States senator is 59.8 years old, and the typical Fortune 500 chief executive is 56. But frequently the focus is on the drawbacks of aging. Do age or experience lead to better management or public policy? Part 3 of the continuing series, Life After the Military.

01/06/03 - A Good Mentor can be a Valuable Career Resource
Part 2 of the Life After the Military series. We all need mentors, whether in military or civilian life. By finding and cultivating suitable people as mentors, you will tilt the scales in favor of finding a successful second career. It is this type of sponsorship that will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

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