Field Report #260, August 15, 2006

Recruits Defy Anti-Military Myths
A step through the doors of the Military Entrance Processing Station here blows away the myths that the military is struggling to get enough recruits, dropping its standards to get those it does, or glossing over the fact that it’s recruiting into a wartime force.

New DOJ Web Site Explains Military Rights
The Department of Justice has launched a Web site to protect servicemembers’ rights, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzalez said yesterday. Gonzales, speaking to the Disabled American Veterans annual convention in Chicago, said the Justice Department has made it a priority to enforce civil rights laws for American servicemembers.

DoD Announces Military Spouse Employment Opportunity
The Office of Family Policy, is working with the real estate industry to significantly improve training and career opportunities for military spouses as part of the Military Spouse Employment Initiative. DoD is appreciative of the efforts of many real estate organizations that have collaborated with this initiative.

Worldwide Terrorist Incidents Tracking System
The Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS) enables users to search for and display incidents using a search functionality.

Sept. 11 Freedom Walk Honors 5th Anniversary
The first city to join the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program is preparing to host a Freedom Walk on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

The U.S. Team Meets America's True Heroes
Instead of the regular morning team meeting with the coaches and players, former West Point grad and coach Mike Krzyzewski brought in one of his former players, Col. Robert B. Brown, and three of Col. Brown's soldiers who were wounded in Iraq to talk to the team. Coach K believes it's important to "connect with the military and engaging with them in this manner would be a tremendous opportunity."

QUICK TIP: Protect Your Income

Income-Replacement Program Launched

The Defense Department this month kicked off a program to help prevent activated reservists and National Guardsmen from facing financial hardships.

The Reserve Income Replacement Program will pay eligible National Guard and reserve members mobilized for extended or frequent periods the difference between their monthly civilian pre-mobilization income and their current total monthly military compensation.

Program payments are not automatic. Guard and reserve members must apply for the RIRP payments thorough their service personnel offices.

To qualify for RIRP, servicemembers must: Be serving on active duty in an involuntary status and have completed 18 continuous months of involuntary active duty, or Have completed 24 cumulative months of involuntary active duty within the last 60 months, or: Be serving on involuntary active duty for a period of 180 days or more that starts within six months of separation from a previous period on involuntary active duty for at least 180 days.

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