The Spot Report
Education Will Take You Places Through the Military
With the current military tempo, it would seem safe to say that by joining the military, new Airmen will be able to see the world. I have known many people who have joined to get away, to see new places, to expand their understandings and to gain independence.
Have a Plan! Important Safety and Evacuation Tips for Hurricane Season
The pending arrival of Hurricane Irene signals that hurricane season has arrived. Military families throughout the Southeast should assess how vulnerable they are, and review their emergency plans to ensure they weather the season safely. There are resources around the Web that can help families prepare for worst-case scenarios.
Budget Restrictions to Cause Over 8700 Army Job Cuts
One of the biggest challenges the Army faces is budget reductions. On Aug. 4, the Army announced it will reduce the size of its civilian employee workforce by more than 8,700 people, by Sept. 30, 2012. The press release states "these cuts are based on Department of Defense resource decisions as reflected in the fiscal year 2012 president's budget and require a reduction of Army civilian employees to comply with decreased funding levels."
Disney Tickets Military Discount
Who doesn't want to go to Disney? Well, now Disney is making visiting Walt Disney World and Disneyland even more affordable. Their popular military discount program has been reinstated so that military families can continue to enjoy the parks at reduced prices.
BAH Officially Frozen for E-5 and Below
Marine Administrative Message 429/11 states all pending and future requests for basic allowance for housing for Marines, sergeant and below, without dependents will be frozen effective July 29. Exceptions to the policy will be approved on a case-by-case basis by installation commanders.
No Changes to Military Retirement Anytime Soon
The military retirement isn't going to change any time soon, Defense Department officials said. "There's no immediate plan to affect retirement," Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told service members at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 31.


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