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New in 2018: What you need to know

More soldiers. More deployments. More money. Drill sergeants in AIT and the biggest pay raise in seven years.

New body armor, guns and uniforms ― and maybe even the return of the World War II-era “pinks and greens” uniform.

Also on tap: big changes to Tricare, GI Bill benefits and your retirement options, and maybe ― finally ― a new PT test.

Soldiers can expect 2018 to bring many key, critical changes that will impact their lives at home and in uniform.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store for 2018:

Soldiers walk behind operators of mine-detecting devices at Naja-bien village, Panjwai district, Afghanistan. (Tony Karumba/AFP/GettyImages)
New in 2018: US troops return to the front lines in Afghanistan

In what appears to be a bit of deja vu for America’s longest war, U.S. troops will once again be patrolling alongside their Afghan counterparts in far larger numbers and at a more tactical level than the previous years.

Georgia Special Forces soldiers jump out of a C-130 during a combined airborne operation, near Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, on Aug. 4, 2017. (Sgt. Kalie Jones/Army)
New in 2018: Conflict hot spots to watch

As the Islamic State withers in Iraq and Syria, other, more obscure hot spots could emerge in 2018 that will require more U.S. assistance or, possibly, even the presence of more U.S. troops.

The Joint Effects Targeting System is a single-soldier-portable, handheld device that allows soldiers to quickly and accurate acquire, locate and engage targets with precision-guided munitions. (Army)
New in 2018: Army to field new fires targeting system

The Joint Effects Targeting System or JETS is scheduled for fielding to forward observers in late 2018. The system increases accuracy and speed in day, night and inclement weather conditions.

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