The first female commandant of the Army Drill Sergeants School at Fort Jackson, S.C., is being reinstated after the Army suspended her from the job five months ago. But she’ll be back in the job for only a few days before her replacement takes over.
Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King has vowed to fight the November suspension’s effect on her 31-year Army career. She was given no reason for her suspension, her attorney says. She contends that racism, sexism and her lack of a combat deployment are to blame.
Find out more about the case of the “no slack” command sergeant major in this week’s Army Times.
Twelve more years in Afghanistan
The U.S. may keep a force in Afghanistan through 2024, as President Obama has announced, but the Pentagon isn’t saying how many troops will stay.
U.S. forces likely will remain for two security missions beyond 2014: counter-terrorism and training, Obama said, adding that the U.S. won’t have permanent bases in Afghanistan.
One senator says the force may number 10,000 troops.
See more about plans for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, and the troop drawdown, in Army Times, on newsstands now.
Senior NCOs to serve longer when they move up
The Army has released details of a new policy that increases the service obligation for senior NCOs who are promoted.
Those who move up to sergeant first class, master sergeant and sergeant major in the Regular Army and the Army Reserve now must serve three more years instead of two.
For details on the rules and guidelines for the new policy, see Army Times.