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  1. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  2. Pilots of UH-60 Black Hawks and CH-47F Chinooks are some of the soldiers needed on active duty. Picasa / Army

    Prime Content Active-duty jobs open for guardsmen and reservists

    A 'help wanted' notice has been posted for qualified officers of the National Guard and Army Reserve who want to transition to full-time active-duty service with the Army.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  3. Prime Content House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget

    In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket cos

    • May. 5, 2014
  4. Army Times asked soldiers how to improve the Army Physical Fitness Test and many wrote back to say pullups would be a better measurement of strength than pushups. T. Anthony Bell / Army

    Prime Content The push for pullups: Why soldiers want it added to PT test

    Soldiers across the Army say there's a simple way to better measure an individual's strength and prepare them for combat add pullups to the PT test.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  5. Soldiers and Marines train together near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The Army is considering adopting Marine Corps camo patterns. Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Air Force

    Prime Content Army expects 'family' of camo patterns

    The Army envisions fielding a 'family' of three camouflage patterns, but unless they're headed into combat, soldiers will probably only wear a 'standard stateside pattern,' according to a top Army equipment official.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  6. Prime Content Thousands of NCOs eligible for new instructor badges

    Soldiers competing for advancement to sergeant and staff sergeant can earn promotion points by serving in positions that lead to the award of the new Army Instructor Badges.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  7. The Army wants to keep the 'best and brightest' in the ranks, so there are no plans to offer voluntary separation incentives as it continues to shed thousands of soldiers. Justin Connaher/Air Force

    Prime Content How the Army plans to thin the ranks

    If you've been hoping for a chance to voluntarily end your contract and collect a payout, don't hold your breath.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  8. Prime Content Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  9. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, where he outlined significant changes to military compensation and troops levels in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Prime Content DoD pushes forward on pay, benefits cuts

    Never in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force has the Pentagon sought to roll back the existing military compensation package for service members.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  10. Prime Content No backdoor pay raise for top brass, official says

    The latest Pentagon budget calls for a one-year pay freeze for all general and flag officers.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  11. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team dismount their Stryker in South Korea. Some soldiers in Korea have new options for their incentive pay. Army

    Prime Content Lump-sum payouts set for Korea tour extensions

    Select categories of soldiers who are authorized tour extensions in South Korea continue to be eligible for assignment incentive pay of $300 per month, except this year they have the option of receiving that pay in a lump sum, rather than in monthly incre

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  12. Guardsmen operate at an urban terrain site. The Army National Guard and Army Reserve want to benefit from the experience that active-duty soldiers can bring with them when they leave the Army. Army

    Prime Content Army launches new incentives to quit active, join reserves

    If you're looking to leave active duty (or among the thousands getting the boot), the National Guard and Army Reserve want you.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  13. Prime Content Master sgt. board mistakes

    The competition to make master sergeant is like snowboarding at the Olympics. One slip-up and the other guy is standing there with the medal and the smile.

    • Feb. 15, 2014
  14. Prime Content 16 promotion points to disappear July 1

    The Army has delayed a policy change that will terminate 16 promotion points for soldiers competing for sergeant stripes.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  15. The XactSystem combines a rifle with a networked tracking scope, guided trigger, tag button and precision ammunition in a closed-loop system. TrackingPoint

    Prime Content Sniper upgrade: Accuracy-boosting scope kit to be delivered this month

    The Army is testing a fire control system that turns an average shooter into a deadly sniper in a matter of minutes.

    • Feb. 2, 2014
  16. Tisdale Army

    Prime Content War-zone crime ring led to prison time, murder and suicide

    One minute, Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, the respected commander of the 525th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, was attending a July 4 safety briefing at Fort Bragg, N.C. The next minute, he was shot dead by a disgruntled soldier who wounded another and quicklyturned the gun on himself in front of 200 people.

    • Feb. 1, 2014
  17. The Army is testing $2-a-piece 'Combat Gum' to issue to troops with a high risk of dental disease. Tim Centers/Indiana University

    Prime Content Cavity-fighting 'combat gum' in the works

    A first-of-its-kind, plaque-fighting chewing gum could change the way Army dentists treat soldiers and help save billions of dollars in dental care.

    • Jan. 26, 2014
  18. U.S. soldiers serve a critical mission in Africa as officials are concerned of the far reach of terrorist networks there. Spc. Michelle C. Lawrence/Army

    Prime Content Inside Africa ops

    Slain diplomats in Benghazi, Libya; a bloody hostage crisis in Algeria; a deadly mall attack in Kenya; and sustained fighting in Mali, Somalia and the Central African Republic.

    • Jan. 25, 2014
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