Sequestration still has military families feeling uneasy

| February 17, 2017

Knowing the presidential transition would take place in January 2017, military families still expressed high levels of anxiety about sequestration in response to a December 2016 survey.

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Service members and job security

| January 13, 2017

The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law last month, included “readiness stabilization funding.” This funding stops the military drawdown of troops and increases the end strength of the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force.

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The changing terrain: Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) releases “Losing Our Edge” report

| July 1, 2016

The non-profit organization Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released the report Losing Our Edge: Pentagon Personnel Reform and the Dangers of Inaction on Wednesday. The report makes it clear that the Department of Defense (DoD) is in dire need of consistent funding and a new personnel management system that is more appealing to potential recruits.

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The changing terrain: budget cuts

| March 18, 2016

Congressional hearings of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) took place this week.

During the HASC hearings, service leaders reinforced their all-too-familiar messages about the damage that automatic budget cuts, resulting in fiscal uncertainty year after year, have had on the military.

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Career military confident lawmakers will avoid government shutdown

| September 28, 2015

The majority of America’s career servicemembers and their families are confident that lawmakers will take appropriate actions to sidestep a looming government shutdown, according to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index®.

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This week in DoD sequestration news

| August 14, 2015

Army Times interviewed outgoing Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno. Here’s what he had to say about sequestration and Army downsizing:

    The Army is in danger of becoming too small for an increasingly dangerous world and that may embolden our enemies to act.


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Military families feel financial optimism in face of retirement reform

| February 3, 2015

The arrival of a long-awaited proposal to overhaul the military’s traditional retirement system comes at a time when members of America’s career military families are feeling a surge of financial optimism and confidence driven by their own positive money behaviors.

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This week in DoD sequestration news

| January 2, 2015

In a series of articles published this past week and a half, the Military Times family of newspapers has focused on what servicemembers have to look forward to in 2015. Several of these articles focus on drawdowns, specifically in the Army and Marine Corps.

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This week in DoD sequestration news

| November 21, 2014

The Pentagon once again has plans to submit a budget proposal to Congress that does not take into account the sequester-induced automatic budget cuts. While Department of Defense leaders and members of Congress continue to spar over what can, or cannot, be removed from the DoD budget, the members of our armed forces and their families continue to wait to see how their careers and benefits may be affected.

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This week in DoD sequestration news

| November 7, 2014

Other than some pundits and politicians discussing whether the outcomes of the mid-term elections would result in any changes to sequestration, there was not much specific news on the topic this week.

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