Our top story this week: Active and Reserve soldiers who are selected for involuntary separation can choose the 15-year retirement option, which will be offered again this year. But it’s only open to certain soldiers. Find out who qualifies, and what happens to your retirement pay, in this week’s Army Times.
Also on the cover, for service members, veterans and retirees the threat of delayed paychecks in November is looming as Congress returns Sept. 9 from a summer break, with strong odds of another round of sequestration. If lawmakers and the White House fail to reach an agreement on spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, sequestration would be used to control spending. That will affect military salaries, retirement pay and veteran benefits.
Finally, if you are struggling with PT (or you need the exercise for stress relief) read one expert’s tips for becoming a PT stud. After failing his first PT test as a cadet at Augusta State University, Capt. Lee Kind put together a new training plan, and three months later, he not only passed the test, but maxed it out with a perfect score. He turned his plan into a book to help transform thousands of PT failures into PT studs.
For more on these stories and others, pick up the Sept. 9 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.