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Defense budget includes $94 billion for military pay, allowances

February 7, 2002 The Bush administration's proposed fiscal 2003 defense budget request of $379 billion includes $94 billion for military pay and allowances. This would give service members a 4.1 percent across-the-board pay raise, and mid-grade service members would get another 300 million in targeted pay increases. "We're competing with the private sector...

U.S. troops to help safeguard Olympics

January 17, 2002 When the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 in Salt Lake City, Utah, thousands of U.S. service members will be on the scene. Some will be competing athletes; some will be military band members and honor guards. Most will be doing their part to ensure the games are safe and secure....

Pentagon compromises on Army beret issue

March 19, 2001 Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld support the Army's decision to require most soldiers to wear black berets, Wolfowitz announced last week. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki announced his intent last October to issue the beret to all soldiers and started a controversy...

Task force urges Defense Department crackdown on domestic violence

March 13, 2001 The Defense Department's Task Force on Domestic Violence says the military must make it clear domestic violence often involves criminal behavior and challenge commanders to intensify efforts to prevent it. The panel's 12 military and 12 civilian members agree that message must come from "the top," so they're asking the...

DoD to issue new guidelines on felines

August 25, 2000 Too many stray cats on base. What's a commander to do? Shoot them? Poison them? Bag them and dump them downtown? Hold on. Don't do anything hasty. There are other options. The Armed Forces Pest Management Board advocates treating stray and feral cats humanely, according to Peter J. Egan, environmental...

DoD announces child care fee hike

June 29, 2000 Fees at military child care facilities will increase by about $1 to $2 more per child each week for the 2000-2001 school year, DoD officials announced June 21. The fees keep pace with estimates of inflation. DoD family policy officials review and update child care fees annually. Depending on their...

DoD forum puts spotlight on military families

May 31, 2000 Defense Secretary William Cohen is hosting a first-of-its-kind Military Family Forum Wednesday at the Pentagon. About 100 military family members, 68 active duty and 32 reserve, from throughout the services will meet with the Cohens and top defense leaders. DoD officials say the day- long conference is designed to promote...

DoD implements smart card program

October 28, 1999 The military adage "hurry up and wait" may become as obsolete as brown boots and C rations once the Defense Department issues smart cards. DoD wants smart cards to replace active and reserve component military ID cards. The cards would also be issued to civilians and certain contractors with access...

DoD raises military child care fees

July 7, 1999 Fees at military child care facilities will increase by about 1.6 percent for the 1999-2000 school year, Defense Department officials announced June 29. Depending on their total family income, DoD families will pay $39 to $114 per child per week during the coming school year. This represents a weekly increase...

Web site helps military families move

June 3, 1999 Packing up and moving the spouse, kids, pets and everyone's stuff every couple of years is an inherent part of military life. The Defense Department has created a financial planning tool to help make moving easier. A new Internet Web site,, is designed to help active duty service members...

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