Field Report #300 April 15, 2008

How to Get on a Drill Sergeants Good Side
Is it possible to never get yelled at or punished by a drill sergeant in basic training? The simple answer to that question would be “no.” However, there are ways to minimize that “special attention” drill sergeants like to give recruits.

Army Wives Go on Air with Talk Radio
Every Monday night at 8 p.m. a group of Army wives gathers to hear news, relationship advice, parenting tips and deployment support, but this isn't your traditional readiness or support group.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he is confident there will be fewer U.S. troops in Iraq in 2009, but added that the drawdown process has gone somewhat more slowly than he thought it would last year.

Service members with retirement dates on or after January 1, 2008, may receive a retroactive payment based on the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

As the sun began setting over the city here April 11, retired Air Force Col. Ray Slifka was on duty at the San Francisco International Airport United Service Organizations lounge, providing hospitality and assistance to travel-weary military travelers and their families transiting through the airport.

Compact on Education Transition
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed legislation into law this week that will ease the transition for military children as their servicemember parents move from assignment to assignment during their careers.

The Army will return to 12-month deployments for active component units and Soldiers. The “Boots on the Ground" policy states that beginning Aug. 1, 2008, no active component Army unit or Soldier will deploy to named operations for more than 12 months.

  • Married Troops Can Live Together in Iraq
  • ACLU Takes Over Terror Investigation
  • Carter Meeting With Terrorists
  • Iran Denounces Weapons Claims
  • Code Pink's Hoax Makes Some See Red

  • Victory for Armed Forces Day campaign
  • US needs to understand Islam better
  • ASVAB pre-test and actual test scores
  • Manpads
  • Off balance

  • 30 yr Fixed Rate $200k loan for $1,135/month