Field Report #258, July 15, 2006

Recent Rapes And Murders Due To Lower Recruiting Standards?
The military has been able to fill its ranks without sacrificing quality, DoD's top personnel official told reporters yesterday. David S. C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said all active-duty components met their recruiting goals in June for the 13th month in a row. He said the reserve components also did well, with all but the Navy Reserve making their recruiting goals.

Can I Join The Military With A Felony Conviction?
One of the most common questions we get is "Can I Join the Army if I have a Felony". This FAQ answers that question and outlines what other offenses that may keep you from joining the U.S. Army.

Online Higher Education
"The initials after your name lend credibility." Karen Cheathem has certainly learned that firsthand. Having recently completed her online MBA, she is now pursuing a Ph.D. on the Web as well. Lucky for her, the workplace values formal education and is increasingly embracing online learning as a means for employees to obtain it.

USAA - Financial Answers for Service Members
The new Financial Readiness Digest features answers to real financial questions from military members and their families. The answers, which are provided by June Walbert, a Certified Financial PlannerTM with USAA Financial Planning Services and Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Reserve, are also featured in her “Ask June” column on

Servicemembers Getting Free Country Music CDs
The Armed Services YMCA is sending servicemembers free CDs with new and old popular country music hits that express pride in America. Under the "Send a CD to a Soldier" program, the Armed Services YMCA is sending the CDs to units supporting the global war on terrorism.

Latest on Veterans Data SNAFU
In May 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic data from VA that was stored in his home on a laptop computer and external hard drive. He was not authorized to take this data home. Get the latest info.

US Military Faced With Funding Issues
For the last quarter of 2006 United States Army bases stateside face a funding deficit of $530 million while troops active in Iraq and Afghanistan will not see the promised replacement levels of military equipment previously committed.

QUICK TIP: Stress affects Service Members

Sometimes, it can be a good thing because it can energize us to meet new challenges or changes. But if it's not managed, stress can affect your physical and emotional health, your relationships, and your life. Below you'll find tips for managing stress.

Recognizing the signs of stress

The first step in managing stress is learning how to become aware of it in yourself. Some common physical and emotional symptoms of stress include
  • difficulty sleeping
  • headaches
  • neck or back pain or muscle tension
  • stomach pain
  • irritability
  • anger
  • depression
  • mood swings
Managing stress

Sometimes, the best way to deal with stress is to confront it at the source. If you're worried about what your NCO thinks about your performance, you could ask and find out. If you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list, you could block out some time to tackle it. But not all stresses can be handled so directly. Some sources of stress can't be eliminated, such as a sick older relative or a child who is having difficulty in school. To manage those kinds of stresses, you may need to use other techniques. Here are some suggestions:
  • Relaxation techniques are often successful for managing stress. You might try deep breathing, meditation, or just sitting quietly for a few minutes each day to gather your thoughts.
  • Taking care of yourself is also an important tool for managing stress. Eating a nutritious diet and getting enough sleep and regular exercise are vital for dealing with stress.
  • Research shows that social relationships make you feel better and have a positive effect on your health. Be sure to set aside time for friends and family.

  • Army Surpasses June Recruiting Goal
  • GIs Were Killed Over Rape-Murders
  • Army relaxes Its Standards To Fill Ranks
  • Army Reshapes Training To Spare Enlistees The Boot
  • Recent Vets Get Hiring Preference For Federal Jobs

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