Military Minute: Making Sense of the Blended Retirement System

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! The Military’s New Retirement system goes into effect January 1st, 2018. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Military Families Magazine, explores 5 things you may not know about the Blended Retirement System. Learn more!

Veteran Service Organization, the real cost of token participation


By Les Davis, LinkedIn Article I was raised to stand for the National Anthem, salute Old Glory, and love the United States for being the exceptional nation that it is, the beacon on the hill for every country in the world to emulate. So, as a young child, being raised as a patriotic American, my […]

Sending Sandboxx Letters To Your Loved One


If you’re reading this right now, chances are, you have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. However, the same cannot be said for the thousands of military members in training or deployment. Most of the time, these military members don’t have access to social media, so they rely on letters from their loved ones. […]

Will Military Spouses Get a Break?


By Scott Maucione, Federal News Radio Congress is trying to give military spouses a break when they are forced to move with their spouses due to permanent station changes. The House Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee wants to add a provision to the 2018 defense authorization bill that will give families funds to pay for occupational […]

Marine Mom Shares Her Family’s Experience


This past March, Eric Schuh flew across the country to start his Marine Corps training. I spoke with his family about his experience at Camp Pendleton as well as their experience on the other end of things. They gave some insight on what Marine Corps training is like, as well as what it’s like to […]

Military Minute: 5 Ideas For Pre-Deployment Family Trips


Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! Deployment day is coming. And yes, leaving is going to be hard on you and your loved ones. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Military Benefit Association, explores 5 ideas for pre-deployment family vacations so you can spend some quality time with your family.

Defense bill to add 17,000 soldiers


By Rebecca Khell, The Hill The House Armed Services Committee would add 17,000 soldiers to the Army in its annual defense policy bill, committee aides told reporters Tuesday. The soldiers were not included in President Trump’s budget request, but were part of the unfunded requirements the Army sent to Congress. Additionally, the Military Personnel Subcommittee […]

The Reserve & National Guard Magazine – July 2017


Download this digital edition now or read past issues in our Digital Archive! In this issue: Deployment Prep 101 – Prepare Yourself And Your Family For The Separation! Reintegration – How To Readjust When You Return Home Connect With Your Family – Technology To Stay In Touch; Taking a Vacation and Making Memories Exploring ESGR And […]

A son’s tribute to his military father


From Carol Cash… My son wrote this poem when he was in 9th grade while his dad was away as Deputy Commander for Air Wing 13.  It was part of a class assignment that then became a Father¹s Day gift to his dad.  The beginning of the poem refers to the stories we told him about Paul forgetting […]

Translating Military Culture to the Civilian Workplace


By Jenny Hale, US Army HRC FORT KNOX, Ky., June 14, 2017 — Military culture is drilled into soldiers from the day they arrive at basic training. The Army teaches its soldiers how to become leaders, take charge, and make vital decisions. These are all attributes that make Army veterans highly valuable to civilian companies. […]

Toptier Training at the NTC


While in the barren Mojave Desert, AKA “Death Valley,” Fort Irwin is home to one of the country’s premier training facilities: The National Training Center. Every year, National Guardsmen from all over the country train at Combat Training Centers (CTC). Like the JRTC, the National Training Center (NTC) is one of the national guard’s CTCs. The NTC […]