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space-A travel

Space-A Travel

Updated: July 21, 2022

Update: On April 22, 2022, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense lifted all restrictions on Space-A travel. The restrictions had been in place since March 2020 to limit the spread of Covid-19. Please note that mask mandates and medical screening protocols may apply. Space-available (Space-A) travel has evolved with the times. At one […]

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Kelly-beamsley

Who Is Kelly Beamsley?

Updated: January 4, 2023

When I transitioned from the Army National Guard to the Navy Reserve Iast year, I was pretty shocked to learn that readiness NCOs would be a thing of the past. You handle a lot of your own administrative and personnel work in the Navy Reserve, and it’s not easy. I remember sitting across from a […]

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Military World Games

The Military World Games

Updated: January 4, 2024

The Military World Games is run by the International Military Sports Council (IMSC). The event is organized without political or sectarian motives and is held in the interest of advancing peace. IMSC, which is known as Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) outside of the United States, was created in 1948 by five founding nations: […]

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Army Missing Soldier Policy

Army Missing Soldier Policy

Updated: July 8, 2021

What is the Army missing soldier policy? On Dec. 8, 2020, the Secretary of the Army announced a new Army-wide policy addressing issues raised by an independent review committee ordered to investigate conditions at Fort Hood following a series of incidents there. How bad were things at Fort Hood? Poor enough to warrant a headline […]

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Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary

Updated: July 8, 2021

How do military people deal with wedding anniversary celebrations during deployments, temporary duty, or unaccompanied overseas tours? These are unique challenges for a military family, but there are many innovations you can use to shorten the distance. There are many volunteer organizations, charities, and veteran service organizations that offer programs and special-day type planning, but […]

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Military Uniforms: Retirees & Veterans

Updated: March 21, 2021

There are a variety of rules and regulations governing the wearing of military uniforms. Each branch of service has a manual that dictates the wear, use, and maintenance of that service’s uniform items. There are references to allowed and disallowed wear of uniform items in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and there are even […]

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Military Uniform Basics

Military Uniform Basics

Updated: February 15, 2021

Those considering a career in the military will ask their recruiter a lot of questions about pay and benefits, career choices, overseas travel, and life in uniform. But one question that doesn’t get asked right away involves that uniform itself–what do service members wear and why? The origins of the American military uniform go all […]

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Military and Divorce - Things to Consider

Military and Divorce: Things to Consider

Updated: February 20, 2021

Being in the military isn’t easy for married couples and some military families simply don’t make it for a variety of reasons that may have everything or nothing at all to do with military service. No matter what the cause of a divorce might be for a military couple, there are some basic, important issues […]

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10/10 Rule in Military Divorces

10/10 Rule in Military Divorces

Updated: January 5, 2023

What is the 10/10 rule in military divorces? By this we are NOT talking about the old “think once, think twice” rule about decision-making that goes something like this: “Before making a decision, consider how you might feel about that decision in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.” That is likely a good piece of […]

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Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Disability Extension (SGLI-DE)

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Disability Extension (SGLI-DE)

Updated: March 16, 2021

SGLI enrollment is automatic for those who join the United States military, but those who want to take advantage of options such as SGLI-DE must apply to enroll. SGLI-DE is not automatic. The SGLI Disability Extension is offered to service members rated totally disabled at time of discharge. SGLI-DE allows the retiring or separating service […]

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