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Time off for soldiers

WASHINGTON - A retention policy offering soldiers a chance to take a break in service while receiving pay and benefits for up to three years is now a permanent program. The sabbatical program, called the Career Intermission Program, or CIP, is a way for soldiers to take a knee in service

Fully operational at JBLM

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Fully operational at JBLM

WASHINGTON - Since activating last year, the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) has already employed teams three times to the Indo-Pacific region, and according to its commander, the brigade's schedule will only get busier, with a third of the unit overseas at all times. Now fully operational, not only is

Top counselor from JBLM honored

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Top counselor from JBLM honored

WASHINGTON - For Sgts. 1st Class Jackie Lord and Morgan Smith, being recognized as this year's best Army career counselors is about more than an award or hitting retention goals - it is a tribute to the soldiers they serve each day. "Everything (career counselors) do is for soldiers and their

Changes to military payroll

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Changes to military payroll

WASHINGTON - The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is planning to extend payroll collections for military and DOD civilians through December 2021 to reimburse a tax deferment designed to support personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. A presidential memorandum signed in August temporarily paused a portion of Social Security, called

Steilacoom hero continues to serve

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Steilacoom hero continues to serve

WASHINGTON - For Leroy Petry, clutching a live grenade and attempting to return it was second nature, regardless of the outcome. The Army Ranger wasn't thinking about himself, but just protecting the soldiers by his side, he said. That split-second decision changed the course of his life forever. It's been more than

Army makes temporary changes to retention

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Army makes temporary changes to retention

(Photo: Capt. Ryan King, Delta Company Commander, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, administers the oath of enlistment to Spc. JaQuan Jenkins, quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer, also from the regiment, March 14 at Camp Bhan Dan Lan Hoi, Kingdom of Thailand.) Army leaders

From military service to a civilian career

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From military service to a civilian career

Last year, the Army's Career Skills Programs helped 4,782 soldiers transition from military service into a civilian career, according to Installation Management Command officials. Army's CSP had a 96 percent employment placement rate in 2019, and has given troops a chance to master various skills needed for the civilian workforce since

New ACFT app

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New ACFT app

The Army recently updated its physical readiness training, or PRT, mobile app to give soldiers a leg up on the new Army Combat Fitness Test, as it continues to safeguard users' personal information on the go. The Army PRT app is a free smartphone training tool that includes a streamlined collection

More deployments set for Indo-Pacific region

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More deployments set for Indo-Pacific region

(Photo: Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy speaks with Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, during a speaking engagement in Washington, D.C., Jan 10, 2020. John R. Allen, the Brookings Institution president, also spoke during the event titled “The Army’s strategy in the

New entrance test to increase soldier quality

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New entrance test to increase soldier quality

(Photo: Future soldiers from the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, National Guard and Marines, recite the Oath of Enlistment during a mass enlistment ceremony Dec. 1, 2019, at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. The ceremony took place shortly before a National Football League football game between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles

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