The changing terrain: Benefits

| October 7, 2016

This week the Army announced plans to halt funding cutbacks on many morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs. The Army had planned to make cuts at the beginning of the fiscal year (Saturday, Oct.

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The changing terrain: The New Military Retirement

| August 5, 2016

Career service members and their families* are putting great store in the value of the traditional military retirement. Three out of four service members who say they are likely to serve to full retirement want to be grandfathered into the current retirement system rather than opt in to the new military retirement system that will go into effect Jan.

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The changing terrain: Military families react to annual pay raise

| July 8, 2016

When it comes to benefits, military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay grades E-5 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) unsurprisingly rank basic pay as the most important.

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Breaking the New Military Retirement code

| June 14, 2016

This month marks the 74th anniversary of The Battle of Midway, a decisive battle in the Pacific during WWII wherein United States Naval Forces prevented Japan from securing dominance in the region.

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The changing terrain

| June 10, 2016


A Tuesday Executive Office memo from the Office of Management and Budget on the Senate’s FY17 NDAA reminded Congress that “any increase in funding must be shared equally between defense and non-defense” as agreed to in the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act.

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The changing terrain: Military retirement

| June 3, 2016

Blended Retirement System

A DoD News interview with two department subject-matter experts on the new blended military retirement system outlined the training program for educating all affected parties:

    Leader training began June 1 on the Joint Knowledge Online portal and the MilitaryOneSource website, and on DVD at deployed, shipboard and other remote locations.

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The changing terrain: NDAA 2017

| May 13, 2016

Draft FY17 NDAA

The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel approved its draft of the FY17 NDAA on Thursday. The Senate’s version includes a 1.6 percent pay raise for service members, in line with the president’s request, which is .5 percent less than the House’s draft.

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The changing terrain: Military retirement

| April 1, 2016

Half of military families surveyed in the most recent First Command Financial Behaviors Index® are aware of the proposed modifications to the new military retirement in the president’s 2017 budget.

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The changing terrain: Federal budget priorities

| March 25, 2016

Military families have weighed in on what they believe should be the federal government’s top priority budget spending areas for 2017. Respondents to the most recent First Command Financial Behaviors Index® survey were asked to rank their top three most important budget investment priorities for next year.

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Flag Raising at Iwo Jima

Another epic moment faces America’s military

| March 21, 2016

There’s arguably no more famous American military photo than the one commemorating The Flag Raising at Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthal’s image is iconic. It has become a symbol of the spirit of the United States Marine Corps – maybe even the spirit of America.

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