Soldiers are telling Army Times what they don’t like about the pending changes to at least 17 grooming regulations.
In a flood of messages from the ranks, they protest changes in shaving requirements, tattoo rules and more. Some soldiers say it’s good the Army is getting tougher about the way they look, but most spoke up about imposing tougher rules on a force that has seen a decade of war deployments.
See what soldiers are saying, and what the Army plans to do, in this week’s Army Times.
Another 100,000 soldiers may be cut
The Army may face a “devastating” cut of up to 100,000 soldiers, in addition to troop cuts already planned, if Congress doesn’t change the current law that will bring huge defense spending reductions in coming months, officials say.
Gen. Lloyd Austin, Army vice chief of staff, and the other service vice chiefs told a Senate panel that readiness and modernization efforts will be in danger under the sequester law.
Get the details in Army Times.
Soldiers: Get certified, get promoted faster
Soldiers have a growing range of opportunities to get certifications in their job fields, which can mean they get promoted faster and have a better shot at civilian jobs after the Army.
Incentives are on the increase for soldiers to earn civilian certifications related to their military occupational specialties. The Army is trying to make it easier to earn these credentials through its education system.
Find out more about what you can get and how it works. See this week’s Army Times, on newsstands now.
Online: The details on getting certified
The Army has released many charts to show soldiers what certifications are available in their specific military occupational specialties.
See the charts online at www.armytimes.com/links/credentialing.