Field Report #241, November 1, 2005

Army Pays Recruits To Get GED
The U.S. Army is expanding its eligibility criteria to include those individuals who desire to serve but do not yet possess the required education credentials. Through the Education Plus Program enlistment option, the Army will help qualified non-prior service recruits obtain a GED so they can enlist in the active Army or Army Reserve.

Military Postal Service Agency Publishes Holiday Mailing Timelines
To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by December 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas and to international addresses, the Military Postal Service Agency has provided recommended mailing dates.

Non-Lethal Laser Weapon Halts Aggressors
A laser technology being developed by Air Force Research Laboratory employees at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., will be the first man-portable, non-lethal deterrent weapon intended for protecting troops and controlling hostile crowds.

Despite Recruiting Shortfall, Army Increases in Size
There are those who might focus on the fact that the Army missed its self-imposed recruiting goals in fiscal year 2005, yet ignore the fact that the total end strength and capabilities of the Army are what matter most. The men and women of the Army clearly derive a great deal of satisfaction from their decision to serve our nation as evidenced by the fact the Army exceeded its re-enlistment goals across the board.

VA to Provide Training Program to Help Transition to Civilian Jobs
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new initiative called Fulfilling the Commitment Coming Home to Work today at a three-day conference put on by VA to help veterans make the transition from military service to civilian life.

  • Tehran "bounty" for attack on Israel
  • U.S. Drops Plan for Nuclear Bunker-Buster
  • Pressure-triggered bombs worry U.S. forces
  • US, Japan to Develop Missile Shield
  • Wounded soldiers too often find themselves having to battle the Army over pay mistakes

  • Prove it's not for oil
  • Robot Soldier
  • Why are we not helping Pakistan?
  • Who thinks the media had no business in a warzone?
  • A soldier without discipline is not worth the price of the uniform he/she is wearing.