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Military associations embrace some compensation and retirement recommendations
Federal News Radio
Five military associations are calling on the House Armed Services Committee members to take a closer look at several of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's recommendations.
The Air Force Association, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, the National Guard Association, the Reserve Officers Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars wrote to Reps. Mac Thornberry and Adam Smith on April 16 highlighting their support for creating a matching Thrift Savings Plan for servicemembers and increase financial literacy training.
Advocates expand fight over military retirement changes
Military advocates in favor of retirement reform are pushing lawmakers to move ahead on the issue, saying the change could help strengthen the fighting force and the financial lives of troops. In a letter to House Armed Services Committee leaders this week, five advocacy groups jointly gave strong support for a 401(k)-style retirement plan proposed by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission earlier this year.
House panel backs major military retirement overhaul
House lawmakers will back a dramatic overhaul to the military retirement system as part of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, including a 401(k)-style investment plan and an end to the 20-year, all-or-nothing retirement model.
Plans call for the new retirement system to be in place by October 2017. They come despite concerns of some veterans groups that the commission recommendations won't entice enough troops to stay to or past the 20-year mark.
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Savings plan for service members
Since 9/11, about 2.5 million American service members have served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More will participate as our presence in the region continues for the foreseeable future.
They have risked their lives for nearly 14 years and will risk their lives some more. Some have died and more than most people realize have been wounded.
Most of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have deployed to those places will separate or have separated already from their service before reaching 20 years in uniform, the magic point at which a military member can receive retirement pay.
In fact, nearly all of them will fail to see that payday.
Retired Gen. Carter Ham to head Army force structure commission
Stars and Stripes
The National Commission on the Future of the U.S. Army will be led by retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, the commission announced April 21.
The panel, which was created by Congress through the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, was tasked to conduct a comprehensive study on the organizational structure of the Army as the service shrinks due to fiscal constraints and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan.
Defense contractors unsatisfied with Thornberry's acquisition bill
The largest contractors trade organization has asked the House Armed Services Committee to rethink several components of its bill to reform the Pentagon’s acquisition process, opposing in particular a plan to centralize decision-making on whether to buy products on the existing commercial market. The 400-company Professional Services Council on April 17 sent a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and top Democrat Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., calling their bill a step in the right direction, but raising several objections over provisions they said might place contractors at a disadvantage while complicating acquisition management.
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Lawmakers ramp up push for Pentagon audit
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants the new defense secretary to follow through on a plan that would facilitate full Pentagon audits by 2019.
On April 20, Reps. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Tim Walz, D-Minn., spearheaded a letter signed by more than 70 lawmakers asking Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to commit to the audit push.
Republicans look to lift spending caps
GOP congressional leaders are racing to approve a budget blueprint for the coming year that abides by strict spending limits, determined to show that the party can maintain fiscal discipline.
But some rank-and-file Republicans are already expressing interest in a much bigger deal that would adjust those caps, sweep away the still-developing blueprint and ease the budgetary pressure on the Pentagon — and, grudgingly, domestic programs if necessary.
Lindsey Graham: 91 percent chance of White House run
The State via The Herald
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said on a Sunday news program that he has a "91 percent" chance of running for president in 2016.
The Seneca Republican plans to make decision on a White House bid in May.
Graham also thinks he will win in his home state if runs despite a Winthrop University poll released last week that had the senator in fourth place in the S.C. primary. Another poll in February showed Graham winning the S.C. primary.
Pentagon chief Carter: Europe 'not doing enough' on defense
The Associated Press via ABC News
Defense Secretary Ash Carter chided America's European allies April 22, saying a long slide in European defense spending calls into question its ability to partner with the U.S. military at a time of growing security threats across Europe. "They're not doing enough," Carter said in an unusually blunt assessment of the Europeans' defense efforts. He said they are spending a smaller share of their overall economic wealth on defense than they did in the past.
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Guard Your Health launches "FitText" initiative
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On April 15, Guard Your Health launched FitText, a text messaging initiative centered on maximizing physical training (PT), preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and increasing overall fitness among Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and their families.
Guard Your Health, a campaign out of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office, provides ARNG Soldiers and family members with the information, motivation, and support they need to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their units, and their families. The campaign supports the Chief Surgeon’s greater efforts to build a fit, medically ready, resilient Citizen-Soldier force, which includes increasing APFT passing rates across all units. Guard Your Health aims to provide Soldiers with the actionable tips they need to improve their APFT scores and holistic fitness through the FitText initiative.
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