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1.7% pay raise: Troops, retirees get a boost, despite budget uncertainty

Active-duty troops, reserve-component members and military retirees will get a 1.7 percent pay boost at the end of the year in a rare confluence of separate pay formulas.

The increases in basic and retired pay are virtually assured unless Congress returns to work in a post-election session and unexpectedly decides to resolve the nation’s budget crisis by reducing or eliminating pay raises that are calculated under permanent law.


14 steps to a smaller, smarter Army

It has been said that uncertainty is the only certainty in the world of tomorrow. The Army has identified key criteria necessary to cover as much of that uncertainty as possible.

Military and congressional leaders are looking for an Army that is “operationally adaptable,” “scalable and tailorable,” one that can respond to a “broad spectrum” with “flexibility and agility.”

But what will the Army of tomorrow look like?


New paramedic course gives flight medics more lifesaving skills

Staff Sgt. Elena Clark, a flight medic with four war-zone deployments, said she can open a wounded soldier’s airway, stop their bleeding or treat them for shock, but her training never told her why to take the steps she did — until now.

Clark is among the first flight medics to be trained in advanced skills as the Army seeks to give better care to patients on medical evacuation helicopters. To do that, the Army is turning 21 weeks of training into 55 weeks.

The service plans to train 950 flight medics, known by their Army designation as 68Ws, to become paramedics by 2018. The Critical Care Flight Paramedic Program’s first class of 26 at the Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio graduated Oct. 16.


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