We have the essential information you need to know for the year ahead, including The end of Afghanistan? The nation’s longest war is slated to formally end next December, but will the U.S. maintain an enduring presence there or will the rocky relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai mean all troops will just pack up an leave? Plus, we have the details on the New PT test in the works and learn how Regional career assignments could change and shape your time in the Army. For this and more must-know information for 2014, including BAH rollbacks, the shrinking force and in-state tuition for vets, see this week’s issue of Army Times, on sale now.
Another topic to keep and eye on is the proposed limits on schools that can take part in the tuition assistance program. Many colleges and universities might become ineligible.
Plus, there was a fierce reaction against the Bipartisan Budget Act, which includes the provision to reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, for military retired pay. Opponents of the COLA cutbacks have started a petition, but they could be facing an uphill battle.