Field Report #228, January 2005

Understanding Military Pay Raises and Benefits for 2005
This article will outline a few of the most popular changes that will occur on January 1st, 2005 with regard to your military pay and benefits.

U.S. Army Reserve offers enlistment bonuses up to $3,000
Do you want a better job? How about a college education? Could you use a $3,000 bonus? The U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, KY has announced an enlistment campaign increasing enlistment bonuses.

Army Restructuring
Today the U.S. Army has a total force of more than 1 million soldiers. Yet the vast majority are not currently deployed. Approximately 123,000, less than 12 percent of the total force, support operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. 123,000 members of the 350,000 Army National Guard force have not been called up.

What Branch of Service is Right for Me?
For most people, deciding which branch of service to join isn't difficult. Perhaps you come from a family with a long tradition of joining the Marines, or you would like to follow in your parent's footsteps and join the Navy. Military family tradition is certainly well acknowledged in American society.

Base Closings to be the Most Aggressive in U.S. History
In the 1990s, the Army closed 112 of its bases in the United States and realigned another 27, saving an estimated $3.1 billion. This year the Pentagon will begin what Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield says will be its largest round of base closings, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). In the current issue of Government Executive, George Cahlink reports that the Pentagon's point man on the base-closing process, Raymond DuBois, says the upcoming base closures will be far different and more aggressive than those in the late 1980s and 1990s, which resulted in 97 bases being shuttered.

Preparing for Basic Training
When I completed Basic Training I was surprised to discover that much of what I recently learned I could have taught myself before I even left. Life would have been a lot easier these past couple months had I known that.

Think Fast- Stories from Iraq-What Would You Do
This purpose of this article is for the readers to discuss with one another real life situations that occur in Iraq. The following situations are real stories and all of them occurred to me shortly after receiving my sergeant status.

Battle Buddies
In my book The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook, I devote an entire chapter to Battle Buddies. In basic training, your Drill Sergeants will assign you a battle buddy. If you ask anyone who has been through basic training about their battle buddy, 99 percent of them will tell you their first name, last name and probably some other details such as their birthday or number of brothers and sisters they had. Frequently Asked Questions: How do I find someone in the military?
Have you lost touch with a friend in the military, or a former buddy from your unit? Or perhaps you're looking for a family member currently deployed. The question comes up frequently and there several ways to search for your friends or family in the military.

What a Tangled Web We Weave--Decoding the mystery that is HOOAH
One of the most widely used military acronyms of all times, and no one can agree on its spelling, origin or even on its meaning for that matter.

Got Debt? Get Help.
Throughout the past several years Discount Debt Solutions has been working with clients who have strong military ties to assist them with Debt Counseling, Debt Settlement, and Credit Repair.

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  • Tuition Money
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  • Write our soldiers a letter of appreciation