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New military pay tables, performance bonuses in play
The ambitious effort to overhaul the military personnel system that is underway inside the Pentagon could lead to huge changes in the way troops are paid, including the creation of unique pay tables for high-demand career fields and new cash bonuses for high-performing troops, according to several defense officials.
The reform effort is nearing its final phase as top defense officials in early August began distributing draft copies of a massive report to the four services for their review, several defense officials told Military Times.
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Navy triples maternity leave for sailors, starting now
New moms are now eligible for up to 18 weeks of postpartum maternity leave, a policy change that took effect Aug. 5.
That number includes the six weeks that had already been available immediately after giving birth, according to a service-wide message released recently, and adds up to 12 weeks of "Additional Maternity Leave" that a new mom can take within the first year of her child's life.
Co-pay deliberations stall defense bill
Disagreements between federal lawmakers about TRICARE co-payments have delayed the passage of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
In support of Pentagon budget recommendations calling for increased co-payments for TRICARE for Life, a military health care program for retired veterans, the Senate draft of the 2016 NDAA included co-pay hikes for brand-name and nonformulary medications. The House of Representatives, however, opposed these increases.
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McCain: Veterans could seek private health care with VA insurance
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation that would offer all U.S. military veterans the ability to seek private health care paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Opponents worry the bill is a path to privatization of care. McCain's bill, the Permanent VA Choice Card Act, would make permanent a three-year pilot program that was put into place in 2014 via another McCain-sponsored bill, the Veterans Access, Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act.
Defense secretary calls for review of security policies
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that Defense Department policy does allow some military personnel to be armed while working at recruiting centers and ROTC offices.
Carter directed the military branches Aug. 6 to review security policies — including adding armed personnel — in the wake of the July 16 attacks at a Navy-Marine reserve center in Chattanooga that killed four Marines and a sailor.
Congressional commission tours Camp Shelby
Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker recently welcomed the National Commission on the Future of the Army to Mississippi. The senators, who were in Washington on Senate business, also used to the occasion to promote and commend the state's National Guard.
Service members scaling back summer vacations, First Command reports
Sequestration and economic worries are prodding America’s career military families to scale back their rest and relaxation plans again this summer. The First Command Financial Behaviors Index reveals that 47 percent of middle-class military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) expect to spend less money this year on summer vacations, continuing a frugal trend that emerged during the economic downturn and has continued with widespread concerns over defense downsizing. Just 22 percent say they will spend more money this year.
Jon Stewart vs. VA: How TV host raged against red tape
During his 16-plus-year run at the desk of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart trafficked in the same military-themed segments as many of his television brethren: He did pushups for charity, he went on a USO tour with a magician and a noted mailman, and he … did more pushups for charity.
Tests of upper-body strength aside, one of Stewart's unique, lasting contributions to military matters may be his frequent, frustration-filled salvos at the Veterans Affairs Department.
Pentagon takes steps to bolster Silicon Valley ties
The Wall Street Journal
A new initiative between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley is taking shape in Pleasanton, California, as officials announced that a top defense official and a former Navy SEAL would lead a new organization intended to bridge a gap between high-tech innovation and the military.
Under Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the Pentagon has been looking for ways to partner with technology firms in Silicon Valley as a way to improve the Pentagon’s own ability to innovate.
Report: Upgrading US nuclear forces could be affordable under sequestration
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments acknowledges in a new report that modernizing U.S. nuclear forces — with programs such as the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine — will compete for funds conventional weapons upgrades like the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter.
EANGUS "We Care for America" Foundation: Program suspended until further notice
The National Guard Soldier and Airmen Relief Fund was created many years ago through a generous grant from a corporate partner. Over time, this fund has supported National Guard members faster than we have replenished the funds. As a result, we have had to temporarily suspend the program and focus on rebuilding the reserves.
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TRICARE Retiree Dental Program and The Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Program
For nearly three decades, Delta Dental Federal Government Programs has had the honor and pleasure of working with active duty, Guard/Reserve and retired military members through our administration of the dental programs under TRICARE and Veterans Affairs. Aside from being able to serve these fine individuals, one of the greatest rewards has been our relationship with your Association and other members of The Military Coalition. Through this partnership, we have been able to help countless military families maintain and improve their dental and overall health. Because most people are now getting their information electronically, I wanted to let you know about some great new e-tools that we have available.
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Webinar to Discuss Health Care Options When TRICARE Eligibility Ends
TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to discuss health care options available to TRICARE beneficiaries once they are no longer eligible for any TRICARE health plan coverage. Join us Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at noon EST. Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8355461906215583234 to register.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited due to system capacity. Questions will be taken immediately after the presentation. Participants must avoid sharing personal health information when asking a question.
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EANGUS Membership Directory Program
Over the next few months, (PCI) will be contacting all members via e-mail, USPS and by phone. Only those members who provide information for their directory listing will be included in the directory.
This is a great opportunity for EANGUS to get updated contact information for our members.
As privacy is a concern for many of our members, it’s important to note that only those members who provide their directory listing information will be included in the printed directory. The publisher works under a very strict confidentiality agreement with EANGUS and will only use the information provided for the purpose of contacting members to gather data and to sell the directory. Only EANGUS members can purchase a directory. It is copyrighted and cannot be used by any member for solicitation purposes.
Please feel free to contact EANGUS Member Services Department with any questions or concerns – Member-Services1@eangus.org or call us at 1-800-234-3264.
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