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Army's top enlisted leader looks to future Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Army
He may not be able to predict the future, but Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey will do his best to guarantee the American soldier is ready for whatever that future brings. "In four years, we can pretty much expect the world is still going to be a dangerous and unpredictable place," Dailey said. "And there is still going to be a significant amount of uncertainty that the Army and Soldiers, along with their Families, must be prepared to face." READ MORE


Senate panel backs smaller military pay hike, retirement reform Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military Times
Senate lawmakers May 12 shook hopes for a larger military pay raise next year by recommending only a 1.3 percent hike in their draft version of the 2016 defense authorization bill, a move that could further widen the "pay gap" between troops and their civilian counterparts. The Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel differs from the House version of the annual budget legislation, which instead defers to existing law that suggests troops should get a 2.3 percent raise next year. READ MORE

7 ways enlisted leaders want to fix the force Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Times
Fix the fitness test. Improve education and training opportunities for enlisted soldiers. Enforce standards. Come up with an "Army brand" that the service can stand behind. The proposals aren't new. In the wrong hands, they can become grist for a gripe session — a list of problems without thought-out approaches to solutions. READ MORE

Coast guardsman honored as top active-duty enlisted service member Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A New Jersey native, now currently assigned to Coast Guard Sector San Diego, was recognized as the Coast Guard's top active-duty enlisted member during the 2014 Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of the Year Banquet May 7 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in Washington, D.C. Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, presided over the evening ceremony at the Bolling Club on JBAB to recognize the accomplishments of Petty Officer 3rd Class Giacomo Terrizzi, the 2014 Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year — Active-Duty Component. READ MORE


Warriors demonstrate tactical, technical adaptability Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Army
Soldiers in today's Army must be agile and adaptable to the changes they may encounter as warriors and leaders. Seven soldiers, assigned to 8th Theater Sustainment Command, demonstrated these characteristics May 4-8 by competing in various events to include an Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night land navigation, zero and qualification with their M16s and a formal board, and a written exam and essay. READ MORE

Carter blasts GOP plan to use war funds for base defense budget Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The top civilian at the Defense Department slammed Republican lawmakers' plan to use emergency war funding to get around spending caps on the base defense budget. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter criticized the idea as a "road to nowhere" in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee. READ MORE

Senator wants answers on paid military salutes at games Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
USA Today
A U.S. senator wants the Department of Defense and National Guard to explain what he calls a "troubling" marketing and promotional relationship with professional baseball, football, hockey and basketball teams, after a news report detailed payments made by the military in exchange for patriotic tributes at live events. In a letter sent May 11 to the Secretary of Defense and the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., asked the Department of Defense to supply the total amount it has paid pro leagues and franchises since fiscal year 2009 to present promotional material and the "complete details on the number of paid salutes for honoring members of the Armed Services (and) the amount spent on such salutes." READ MORE

Educating the U.S. military: Is real change possible? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
War on the Rocks
Joint professional military education in the United States needs to be fixed. And yet too few seem willing to take on the challenge. Through JPME members of the United States military learn professional skills, and as they progress in rank, they are prepared to transition from tactical to operational leaders, and eventually strategic leaders. Its importance was legislatively recognized when the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act mandated educational parameters for the military that have since developed into a continuum of learning. But alas, congressional attention to PME has waned since its last champion and watchdog, Ike Skelton, left Congress in 2011. READ MORE

Here's how the military takes civilian tech and makes it more awesome Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We Are The Mighty
The military has given the civilian world some great technology like satellites, GPS and the Internet. But, in other cases the services have adopted civilian tech and taken it to the next level of awesomeness in the process. Here are 7 examples. READ MORE

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