Personnel & Benefits

Washington Report (January 5, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to eliminate its backlog of disability claims by the end of 2015, but it did succeed in pushing the number to its lowest level in years, to just under 75,000 cases, according to a report in Army Times.   That's down from... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) President Barack Obama and the first lady spent part of Christmas with Marines, sailors and family members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The president and Michelle Obama are on holiday with their daughters in Hawaii, where the president was born.   "This is one... Read more
(Dec. 18) Enlisted airmen will be trained to fly the unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawks, remotely piloted aircraft that fly high-altitude missions for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement Thursday. “Our enlisted force is the best in the world... Read more
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) The problem of suicides in the military is a generational issue, not a military one, according to a study performed by two psychologists for the University of Utah's National Center for Veterans Studies. They made this conclusion after examining the many... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2015) — A representative for three military associations that give voice to 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists told a House panel this morning that military health-care reform must address the unique challenges faced by reserve-component service members. “Most... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Veterans lose their enthusiasm for higher education on traditional four-year college campuses that are geared for recent high-school graduates, according to a study from Syracuse University.    As a result, veterans turn to for-profit and online schools that... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) All retired National Guardsmen will likely soon be able to legally call themselves veterans.    The Senate passed legislation last week that would grant veteran status to any Guardsman or Reservist who has served 20 years. The House approved a similar provision... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will better promote the on-the-job training portion of the Post 9/11 GI Bill that is now being largely ignored by veterans. A report by the Government Accountability Office found only about 2 percent of veterans,... Read more
Washington Report (November 10, 2015) The Army National Guard is slated for changes to its personnel end strength and force structure over the next few years that will see a number of units inactivated and a reduction in force of more than 15,000 soldiers as part of overall Army force-reduction... Read more

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