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Top 14 National Guard Facts

Recent news has hit the wires of several National Guard units being deployed to Afghanistan and other points overseas. And I saw in comments where the question was asked, “How can the Federal government deploy National Guard troops when they are supposed to be under State management?” The answer to that question will come in …

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Army Officer ASI 3S: Unit Air Movements Officer

In today’s post, I am going to explain a little about an Additional Skill Identifier that is extremely important. This is an ASI for Army Officers and I believe that any unit who “moves” consistently should have at least one officer with this ASI. I speak of the Unit Air Movements Officer. What Is Exactly …

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Communicating During Deployment: 18 Important Tips

The key for any relationship to be healthy is communication. It doesn’t matter if it is a client – business, boss – employee, parent – child or husband – wife, communicating is what keeps the relationship strong, and non-communication can destroy it. There are also multiple forms of communication; it doesn’t always have to be …

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31 Places To Visit In Europe On Military Leave

I was recently talking with an old friend of mine and he described to me his time in the Army and stationed in Germany. I asked him what all places he visited when he was on leave, and he told me a few but when I asked about some well-known sites, he said, “I didn’t …

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10 Important Pre-Deployment Considerations

On nearly every deployment, there are soldiers, officers and spouses always saying, “Why didn’t I do this?” There is nothing easy about deploying. For the new soldier just leaving to Basic Training, or the experienced officer being deployed with his unit on a tour to Afghanistan. Something will be forgotten. It never fails. While it …

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Army Family Separation Pay: What it is and How it Works

When I look back on what I think were some of the most difficult times while serving in the Army, it wasn’t the hard work or the difficult person I would have to work with or for. No, the most difficult part was being separated from my family. The Army understands that family separation is …

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The 18th Military Police Brigade: 10 Cool Facts

EVER VIGILANT When an objective look at law enforcement is made, we would all have to admit that the police are needed to keep a measure of control. The fact that the military has its own system means that it too, needs to have law enforcement. This is why Military Police are present. Their primary …

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Top 10 Units in the Vietnam War

Vietnam was a long engagement for United States forces who were aiding the South Vietnamese against the North Vietnamese being backed by Communist sources. Vietnam lasted from 1964-1975. Over 2,500,000 Americans served in the military in Vietnam. While there was much resentment that the United States was involved in this conflict, we must always remember …

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Involuntary Separations in the Army: What You Should Know

There are circumstances when separation from the Army is necessary. In many cases, separation is voluntary, but there are also situations of involuntary separation too. We have noticed a large amount of involuntary separations as troops are brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Involuntary separation can be from certain issues such as: Failure to achieve …

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