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DoD Warns of Promotion Freezes and More RIFs

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that if Congress fails to end budget sequestration, DoD could be forced freeze military promotions, suspend recruiting and put a hold on all PCS orders.

According to Tom Philpott’s Military Update, Hagel said, “[DoD] would seek to minimize cuts in the day-to-day operating costs most closely related to training and readiness.” It would keep in place a hiring freeze on civilian employees and continue to reduce facilities maintenance. That would mean more understaffing of units and offices, and some employees working in “substandard conditions.”

When sequestration kicked in this year, cuts to military personnel accounts were avoided. However, if sequestration moves forward as expected, promotions, PCS moves, recruiting, and reenlistment bonuses etc. will not be shielded from the $52 billion cuts in defense spending slated for October.



Obama to bestow Medal of Honor to combat vet for daylong Afghan fight

Jul 28
President Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on an Army staff sergeant for courageous action during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan, making him the second solder honored with the nation's highest military honor for actions during the 2009 mountain battle.

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New Post 911 GI Bill deadlines

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Currently as of today you don’t have to define what percentages your Post 911 GI Bill is defined until you retire. However, the below article defines a new deadline of Aug 1 and after I talked to the VA it’s only for the US Army or they think it’s only for the US Army. Best advice, if you’re thinking about transferring your Post 911 GI Bill, you should make those changes before Aug 1st.

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Local Marine Stars In ‘Battleground Afghanistan’

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) -  You’ve seen a lot of shows and movies about war, but this one really takes you in to battle. “Battleground Afghanistan” follows a group of Marines who are dropped into Afghanistan with the task of taking out Taliban members in the drug trade. Dangerous, gritty, and life-threatening, the story is told by the men in the field as they’re followed into battle with a camera crew in tow.

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