Field Report #257, July 1, 2006

Army Raises Enlistment Age To 42
The U.S. Army announced today that it has raised the maximum enlistment age for both the active Army and Army Reserve from 40 to 42.

Basic Training More Combat Oriented
In a Pentagon briefing, Gen. William S. Wallace, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke with reporters about the command’s campaign plan and how basic training has evolved over the last four years.

Free Credit Monitoring For Vets
As part of the continuing efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to protect and assist those potentially affected by the recent data theft that occurred at an employee’s Maryland home, Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson today announced that VA will provide one year of free credit monitoring to people whose sensitive personal information may have been stolen in the incident.

Recruiting Stats Alone Don't Tell Whole Story
The Army Reserve may fall 3 percent or 4 percent short of its recruiting goal for the year, but its new chief said that's not necessarily "a bad-news story."

3 Tips to Getting a Degree Faster and Cheaper
Getting a 4-year degree, as the name suggests, usually requires you go to school for 4 years. In addition, for a typical individual, this education will cost more that $50,000. That is a lot of time and money, neither of which servicemembers have just lying around. Fortunately, there are ways to get your degree faster and cheaper.

Shopping for a Mortgage Loan?
In 1974, the Federal Government created the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act or RESPA. The idea behind RESPA was to provide consumers with more accurate and timely information about the settlement process for mortgage loans. There are two important disclosures for borrowers, the Truth in Lending (TIL) and Good Faith Estimate (GFE).

QUICK TIP: The Military Discount-Yours For the Asking!

A military identification card earns a lot more than just entry to the military base. In many parts of the USA, rental car agencies, hotels, airlines and amusement parks all feature military discounts for ID card holders. In some cases the savings are roughly equal to a student discount at the movies, but in other places there are substantial savings to be had. Like the student discount, some people forget to show their ID and ask if there's a military discount to be had!

Don't miss out--many military discounts are not advertised, but available. Hotels are the best example of this--some chains offer tax-free lodging (a real savings at the fancier hotels) and others offer very good, low rates just for showing the military ID. They don't announce the discounts, but don't be shy about asking! In cities with a big military presence--San Antonio, Texas for example with more than five military bases in the city-- some deals are better than others; some restaurants there have "military eat free" days. Your life in uniform definitely has perks.

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