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Surviving An Involuntary Separation
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Surviving An Involuntary Separation

In the Fall of 2010, my Navy career was finally blooming. My promotion was in the pipeline, I had received new orders, and had managed to save up a modest nest egg. I enjoyed my job and was excited about deployment. One day while running (not long after a successful PFT), I momentarily blacked out. My Chief ...

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The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program
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The Facts About The FY16 Navy MAVNI Program

Since the founding of our nation, foreign nationals and immigrants have fought alongside Sailors in the United States Navy. In days past, the Navy only accepted applicants with a lawful permanent residence status. For Fiscal Year 2016, the Secretary of Defense has authorized the Navy to recruit legal, non-immigrant ...

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12B Combat Engineer Officially Opens To Women
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12B Combat Engineer Officially Opens To Women

The Army Combat Engineer School sets the example, by officially opening training seats for women. Combat engineers now open to females, adding more than 20,000 additional positions open to women! In accordance with the The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); Available Combat Arms (CA) Military ...

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How To Build Your Credit Score After Joining The Military
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How To Build Your Credit Score After Joining The Military

Over 3.3 million high school students graduated this year, and nearly two-thirds of them started college. Another 1.8 million college students are receiving their bachelor's degrees. Nearly 200,000 of all those young adults will join the military. They also have another new life project: building a credit score. A ...

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USAREC CG Proposes Radical Changes To Army Recruiting
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USAREC CG Proposes Radical Changes To Army Recruiting

By Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, Rick Ayer and Col. Mike Runey — Reblogged from the Army Magazine As the rift between the Army and American society widens, our recruiters in the field are reporting increased challenges. This should not be surprising considering that a 2013 Gallup survey found that 76 percent of ...

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Military Reserve Sanctuary, Retirement, and Time in Grade
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Military Reserve Sanctuary, Retirement, and Time in Grade

A reader writes: My spouse was selected for promotion before reaching sanctuary. He was promoted after sanctuary orders were issued, but prior to deployment. We were completely unaware of the “promotion during active duty in sanctuary” rule that would cancel his retirement orders and allow him to stay on active ...

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Guest Post Wednesday:  “You’ve Been SERB’d!”
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Guest Post Wednesday: “You’ve Been SERB’d!”

This guest post is brought to you by an Army officer who's been voluntold for the Selective Early Retirement Board.  For you younger readers who've never heard of such a heinous process, the drawdown military is partyin' like it's 1994 all over again. (If you're interested in contributing a guest post, please see ...

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Military Benefits After One Enlistment (part 2 of 2)
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Military Benefits After One Enlistment (part 2 of 2)

(If you've found this page from a search engine, you'll want to read the first part of this two-part post.) This post answers the rest of a reader's question: "I was curious whether there are any benefits for people who got an honorable discharge after finishing the six-year obligation they signed up for but chose ...

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Joining the Military During a Drawdown
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Joining the Military During a Drawdown

A reader writes: Nords, can you talk to me about my son joining the military? Here are some things we are wondering about. Times are changing and the way it's run doesn't give the kids the options like they used to. For example we are told they are releasing them at four years and not letting them sign back up. A ...

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