Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that troops and their families will be asked to sacrifice on pay and benefits to preserve readiness in an era of tighter budgets.
Hagel listed politically-charged changes to compensation and personnel policy as one of his top six priorities in reforming the military following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the department gears up to meet new challenges.
“This may be the most difficult” to achieve among his six priorities, Hagel said of proposals to trim pay increases, overhaul TRICARE and review retirement benefits while adapting to cuts in personnel.
“Without serious attempts to achieve significant savings in this area, which consumes roughly half of the DoD budget and is increasing every year, we risk Full Story
The US Army has never been a more attractive choice of careers than it is today. As a young person myself, I realized pretty quick that the opportunities I was being being offered straight out of high school, or even with a couple of years of college, weren’t going to be what I was looking for. I wasn’t interested in a nine to five job shuffling papers, or ringing up soft drinks in a speedy mart, or standing around with a shovel in my hand, hating my job, my life, and my prospects. I wanted more than to spend the next forty years waiting on retirement. I wanted a life. And I found it in the US Army.
Not many Full Story
There’s never been a better time for a High School graduate to join the U.S. military. With the economy growing sluggishly and major overseas operations coming to a close, the opportunities in the military might be the best available to many young Americans.
The military’s a great choice even if you just look at compensation. It’s very hard to find a full-time job in many places. New enlistees make at least $1500 cash every month, many times just for being in training. In addition to the monthly salary, meals and housing are paid for. That housing often takes the form of a nice private or semi-private dorm room too, not just a bunk in an open bay. Meals are Full Story
The people of Pilsen, KS, are all aware of Chaplain Emil Kapaun who will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on April 11, 2013.
You see, Chaplain Kapaun served as an Army Chaplain in both World War II and the Korean War where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Let me explain, but first…
Kapaun was born and raised in Pilsen, KS. He lived and worked on the family farm which helped provide Kapaun a strong work ethic that went on to serve him well in the military. As one story was told when his mother was ill and not able to milk a cow, Kapaun first attempted to milk the Full Story