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Posted August 28, 2006 by

How Does the Army Work?

Any Way You Serve: You’re A Soldier.

As a Soldier in the U.S. Army, you have several options when you decide to join. No matter which options you choose, you’re showing your commitment to your country and yourself, and you’ll be an important part of the world’s most powerful Army.

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Posted August 26, 2006 by

Living the Army Values – Part 3, What’s It Like Being A Soldier?

Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. But how often do you see someone actually live up to them? Soldiers learn these values in detail during Basic Combat Training (BCT), from then on they live them every day in everything they do—whether they’re on the job or off. In short, the Seven Core Army Values listed below are what being a Soldier is all about.

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Posted August 19, 2006 by

Life on Post – Part 2, What’s It Like Being A Soldier?

IT IS MORE THAN A HOME – IT IS A COMMUNITY
Most Soldiers are pleasantly surprised by the facilities an Army Post offers. You’ll find fitness centers, movie theatres, even tax-free shopping at the Post Exchange (PX) and Commissary—where you can buy almost anything from DVD players to groceries to clothing. With all this within reach, an Army Post isn’t just a place to live—it’s a community.

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Posted August 05, 2006 by

What’s It Like Being A Soldier? – Basic Combat Training

One of the biggest questions a new soldier has is: “What’s it like being a soldier?” I would like to start off with life in basic training and provide you with a typical nine week schedule of what you will be doing. This will be a series of informational post in the coming weeks. When a new recruit decides he or she is going to join the army, thoughts of basic training are the first thing that concern them. Either they have seen movies where basic training is depicted to be a torturous event, or they have heard stories from friends and families that may not be accurate.

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Posted August 02, 2006 by

Health Care & Vacation

The Army is committed to the well being of the community of people who serve and stand ready to defend the nation. Soldiers and their families receive comprehensive health care, life insurance and generous vacation time.

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Posted August 01, 2006 by

Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act

Not a lot of soldiers and their families realize this, on May 29, 2006 President Bush signed the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow service members to still exclude their military compensation from federal income tax, but also contribute to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) while serving in a combat zone tax exclusion area. This new legislation will provide Soldiers an additional tax cut by allowing them to contribute to an IRA while serving in a combat zone tax exclusion area and is retroactive back to the 2004 tax year.

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Posted July 31, 2006 by

The Automatic Soldier

Before you leave for Basic Training you will fill out lots of paperwork. The best piece of advice I could give you is to create your own investment account and savings plan now while you are home. Here is why.

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Posted July 31, 2006 by

Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act

If you’re a reserve component service member called to active duty, you’re protected by a law that can save you some legal problems and possibly some money as well. Under the provisions of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940, you may qualify for any or all of the following:

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Posted July 30, 2006 by

Some Employers Provide Even More Support To Soldiers

Being in the Army Reserve requires a time commitment that may take you away from your normal job during Unit Training Assemblies, Field Training Exercises and potential activations. In addition to Federal laws protecting you, there are many employers across the country that understand and support your Army Reserve time commitment and who make company policies specifically beneficial for Soldiers in the Army Reserve.
These companies make extra efforts to support their Army Reserve employees and go above and beyond the requirements of the law. Some of these efforts include observing pay differential and medical coverage policies for Army Reserve Soldiers called to Active Duty.
Find Army Reserve-Friendly Companies

Posted July 28, 2006 by

My Recruiter, My Mentor, My Friend

It seems like today that military recruiters get a lot of flack for the service and job they are performing. I think sometimes this can be traced back to when a soldier decides he or she is going to enlist, they do not fully investigate the options that the army can provide to them.

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