On this week’s cover, the Army is laying out a new noncommissioned officer career timeline that requires more time in rank for a promotion, and less time to stay in-rank before you’re promoted or separated. Average time in rank for sergeants first class and master sergeants will increase by a year and a half and just over two years, respectively.
Also this week, as the Army re-configures its brigade combat teams, about 200 units will be inactivated, while hundreds of small units will be moved or converted to other brigades.
Do you think veterans who choose to study math or science should receive more GI Bill benefits? A Senate bill would increase funding for more technical majors, but the Veterans Affairs Department says the GI Bill shouldn’t have the power to influence career goals.
And finally, this week we unveil our Military Times Service Members of the Year. The Soldier of the Year award will be presented to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Karen D. Beattie in a ceremony on Capitol Hill this Thursday.
To learn more about CW2 Beattie’s work with Gold Star families, as well as everything else on our cover, pick up the July 22 issue of Army Times, on newsstands now. If you don’t want to wait, you can subscribe to our digital edition or purchase a $1 day pass.