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Re-up competition to get fierce in some specialties for enlisted soldiers Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Times
Junior enlisted soldiers in several military occupational specialties will be put under a Big Army microscope during re-enlistment processing, even if they are avidly endorsed for retention by their commanders. The re-up squeeze, called "precision retention," is related to the drawdown, and is designed to ensure that dwindling retention opportunities in some MOS go to top-quality soldiers with high potential for future contributions to the Army. READ MORE


Senate unveils defense budget, plan to avoid veto Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stars and Stripes
The Senate upped the ante recently in a growing political battle with Democrats and the Obama administration over the annual defense budget. A budget bill unveiled by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., calls for an historic overhaul of the military retirement system and a prohibition on retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft. But it would also sidestep a mandatory spending cap by funneling $38 billion through an emergency war fund — a plan the Pentagon calls a "road to nowhere" and President Barack Obama has said he will veto. READ MORE

White House steps up warnings about terrorism on
US soil
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Tribune News Service via Stars and Stripes
Alarmed about the growing threat from Islamic State, the Obama administration has dramatically stepped up warnings of potential terrorist attacks on American soil after several years of relative calm. Behind the scenes, U.S. authorities have raised defenses at U.S. military bases, put local police forces on alert and increased surveillance at the nation's airports, railroads, shopping malls, energy plants and other potential targets. READ MORE

Obama's ISIS strategy takes hit Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Hill
President Obama’s strategy in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is facing fresh scrutiny after the militant group toppled government forces in the major Iraqi city of Ramadi. The city's fall represented the biggest military gain for ISIS this year. The White House on May 18 acknowledged the seizure represents a "setback" but signaled it is unlikely to alter its approach to combatting ISIS, which relies on U.S.-led airstrikes and training Iraqi security forces to fight the ground war. READ MORE


GAO warns of UAV training problems Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
C4ISR & Networks
The Army and Air Force have problems with training UAV crews, according to the Government Accountability Office. With the Army, the GAO review found that most UAV pilots in Army units had not completed their fundamental training in fiscal 2014. Because Army unit status reports do not require UAS pilot training information, the Army does not know just how much training its pilots still have not received. READ MORE

Building future soldier leadership through broadening assignments Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Army
While enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers may have heard talk that diverse broadening assignments are in their Army futures, many do not know where to go for information and guidance on making them part of their career planning. While such documents as Army Regulation-621-7 and AR-621-1 lay out guidelines for specific educational opportunities, there is no overarching policy or regulation equivalent to Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-3, published in late 2014. READ MORE

Spring Navy advancements down slightly, up in FTS and Reserve Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Navy Times
Nearly a quarter of sailors passing their tests this spring will move up across the total force. By the end of this week, 24,033 active-duty, full-time support and drilling reservists will get the news they've made petty officer — or that they're getting another stripe on their crow. In February and March, 102,030 sailors across the force — active and Reserve — sat for their petty officer exams. Of those, 97,134, 95.20 percent passed, becoming eligible to compete for 24,033 quotas across the three components — a 24.74 percent chance at moving up. READ MORE

NCO selection board: Promotion packets too sloppy Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Times
A senior NCO selection board again has reported that too many soldiers have missing or inaccurate official photos in the documents packet that will determine if they get promoted. As with previous boards, missing and inaccurate photos put soldiers on the fast track to non-selection. READ MORE

Engineers: Air Force getting closer to testing hypersonic weapon Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Air Force is making progress in developing a hypersonic weapon based on the success of an experimental scramjet program, engineers said. The service in 2013 conducted its fourth and longest flight of the so-called X-51 WaveRider. After separating from a rocket launched beneath the wing of a B-52 bomber, the hypersonic vehicle built by Boeing Co. climbed to 60,000 feet, accelerated to Mach 5.1 and flew for about three-and-a-half minutes before running out of fuel and plunging into the Pacific Ocean. READ MORE


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