Air Force TAP Workshop
The new, revised Air Force Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a five-day mandatory
course covers financial management and transition planning. Every base offers the same curriculum, including a transition
overview day, three employment workshop days and a VA benefits day. In addition, three two-day specialized transition tracks
are already available at many bases. Retirees are eligible to attend TAP as early as two years before their retirement date,
and separating Airmen can attend up to a year before their separation date. For more information about the Transition Assistance
Program, visit the (https://mypers.af.mil) myPers website, or contact your local Airman and Family Readiness
Center for a list of scheduled courses and information.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the
(http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.VA Vet Owned
Business Procedures Updated
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it is instituting a "quick-fix"
program designed to help qualified veterans avoid time- and resource-consuming denials of their applications to compete for
VA procurement contracts. Beginning May 1, VA will allow those wishing to establish a veteran-owned small business (VOSB)
or service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) to correct what VA calls "minor deficiencies" in paperwork
submissions, thus avoiding an automatic rejection of his or her application. The new procedure will apply to hopeful competitors
for VA "Veterans First" contracts. VA's Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) has begun a pilot test of the new
procedure. For more information, visit CVE's (http://www.vetbiz.com/) website or call (202) 303-3260.
more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com
Veteran Jobs Center. New Army Readiness Campaign
Secretary of the Army John McHugh
recently launched the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign, which is designed to guide the Army's efforts to build
physical, emotional, and psychological resilience in our soldiers, families and civilians, and directly enhance personal and
unit readiness. Specifically, the campaign will help integrate and synchronize multiple Army-wide programs aimed at improving
physical, psychological and emotional health. The campaign will review programs, processes and policies to ensure effectiveness
and reduce redundancies, improve methods for commanders to understand high risk behaviors and intervene early, and continue
improvements to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. Finally, this campaign will work to reduce barriers and stigma
associated with seeking help and will promote healthy lifestyles based on the performance triad of physical fitness, nutrition,
and sleep. For more information, visit the U.S. Army Ready and Resilient webpage at (http://www.army.mil/readyandresilient)
www.army.mil/readyandresilient and the Stand-To! website at (http://www.army.mil/standto/archive/2011/02/14/)
For more military family support resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/spouse)
Military.com Family Center. Automation Cuts Claims Processing Time
As part of its
ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued
to work on improving the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program.
As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days -- cutting by more
than half the processing time experienced during the spring enrollment period last year. This enhancement to VA's automated
processing system, called the Long Term Solution (LTS), ensures accurate payments without the need for manual handling. For
more information on VA education benefits, visit VA's GI Bill website at (http://www.gibill.va.gov/)
For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits)
Military.com Benefits Center. Do I Need a Social Worker?
There are social workers
at all VA medical centers. How do you know if you need a social worker? Read about some of the ways Department of Veterans
Affairs social workers can help you or refer you to the right person for help on the Veterans Health Administration 'Do
I Need A Social Worker' webpage at (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/March/Do-I-Need-a-Social-Worker.asp)
For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit
the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center. Vet
Centers: Supporting Combat Vets
Over 300 Vet Centers across the country offer readjustment counseling, along
with individual and group counseling for combat Veterans and their families. For more information visit the VA's Vet Center
webpage at (http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/) www.vetcenter.va.gov.
For complete guides on veteran benefits,
visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center. Website to Focus on Honor, Remembrance
The American Legion will soon be rolling out a new webpage
focused on honor and remembrance. The American Legion will be collecting and publishing stories of interest about veterans.
To submit a story and photo, visit the Legiontown.org website at (http://www.Legiontown.org) www.Legiontown.org.
Submissions also may be mailed to Honor and Remembrance, c/o The American Legion Magazine, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis,
IN 46204. The American Legion is not able to return any submissions. For more information, visit the American Legion website
at (http://www.legion.org/publicrelations/214217/website-focus-honor-remembrance) www.legion.org/publicrelations/214217/website-focus-honor-remembrance.
more on military history, visit the (http://www.military.com/history) Military.com History Center.Arlington Cemetery Exempt from Furloughs
The Executive Director of the Army National Military
Cemeteries has announced that most of Arlington National Cemetery civilian employees will be exempt from defense-related furloughs
for Fiscal Year 2013. Arlington National Cemetery will continue to be subject to sequestration and related funding cuts. Due
to sequestration, Arlington National Cemetery funding is being reduced by five percent of its FY 2013 continuing resolution
level. Arlington is absorbing this cut by using the last of the funds that were recovered from previous fiscal years. For
more information on the Cemetery, visit the Arlington National Cemetery website at (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/)
www.arlingtoncemetery.mil and on Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonNationalCemetery) www.facebook.com/ArlingtonNationalCemetery
and on (https://twitter.com/ArlingtonNatl) Twitter.
For more on death and burial benefits, visit the
(http://www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial) Military.com Death and Memorial Benefits page.VA Celebrates Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Throughout the
month, the Department of Veterans Affairs salutes women Veterans for doing their part to secure the liberties of this great
nation. Women have always voluntarily served -- in peacetime and in times of conflict -- and persistently proven their dedication
and strength in the military roles they assume. Today, women are represented throughout the military and consistently prove
they are capable of fulfilling complicated, dangerous tasks. They fly combat sorties, serve on submarines, fight on the front
lines, and perform various duties to ensure military readiness. During Women's History Month, please thank the women Veterans
around you for their contributions to history. Save the date for a special Salute to Women Veterans by VA on March 21.
more on military history, visit the (http://www.military.com/history) Military.com History Center.AF Seeks Nominations
Nominations for the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year are due to the
Air Force Personnel Center by April 2. The three categories for award are Airman, Noncommissioned Officer and Senior NCO.
Organization and base-level personnel must contact their MAJCOM, field operating agency, direct-reporting unit or MAJCOM equivalent
for applicable suspense dates. All nominees must be enlisted in the Air Force through Sept. 30, 2014. Nominees who extend
their enlistment for the 12 OAY program and who are not selected may cancel their extensions through their local military
personnel section. For more information on Air Force recognition programs and other personnel issues, visit the (https://mypers.af.mil)
For more Air Force news, visit the (http://www.military.com/news) Military.com News
Center.Navy Online Housing Application
Navy Housing offers the Housing Early Application
Tool (HEAT), an online tool for servicemembers and their families to get housing information and start the application process.
Servicemembers can use HEAT with or without orders in-hand. The first of its kind for servicemembers and available Navy-wide,
HEAT connects customers with multiple Navy Housing Service Centers (HSCs) so they can review all of their housing options
at any potential duty stations before accepting orders. HEAT can also start the housing application process for those interested
in military family housing (privatized, government, and leased). Servicemembers and their families can visit the HEAT website
at (http://www.cnic.navy.mil/HEAT) www.cnic.navy.mil/HEAT to begin their housing search online and to contact
their next HSC.
For more relocation and PCS resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/money/pcs-dity-move)
Military.com PCS page.How to Dress for the Successful Transition to a Civilian Career
The transition to civilian life is filled with challenges, but one looms large in the minds of all military personnel:
making the move to a civilian career. In addition to learning new skills like job interviewing, resume building, and networking,
every service member has to confront the fact that they are in charge of picking out their new uniform--and the choices are
sometimes overwhelming. (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/how-to-dress-for-work.html?ESRC=vr.nl)
See tips from the experts on dressing for success.Vet Becomes Adaptive Sports Champion
Veteran "Jersey Jeanne" has not let multiple sclerosis slow her down. Adaptive sports have changed her life
in a positive way. Her life's motto is: "I gotta keep on movin'!" Read more about her on the (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/March/Veteran-with-MS-Adaptive-Sports-Champ.asp)
Veterans Health Administration website.$250k Family Protection From $18.15 a Month
your military family financially protected if something should happen to you? Get $250k life insurance protection from as
low as $18.15 a month. (http://www.military.com/insurance/?lpid=ad) Get affordable protection today.AF GI Bill Transferability Extended
Some Airmen will be able to transfer all or a portion
of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members without incurring a four-year active duty service commitment thanks
to a program phase-in extension implemented in March, 2013. Members must apply to transfer their benefits no later than July
31 to qualify under these graduated service obligations, and - as in past - some members who transfer benefits will not incur
an associated active duty service commitment (ADSC) while others will incur between one and four years. The ADSC begins with
the approved application, so if you plan to transfer benefits, you may not want to wait until you are near retirement to do
so. For more information about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to family members, go to (https://mypers.af.mil)
myPers, and enter Post 9/11 GI Bill in the search window. To apply to transfer benefits, go to MilConnect at (http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect)
www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect, the virtual MPF self-service actions section accessible via myPers, or the Air Force Portal,
and follow the instructions.
For more on GI Bill benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill)
Military.com GI Bill section.Sequestration Impacts Army Programs
The Army projects
a decrease in recruits as military entrance processing stations shut down one day per week. Scholarships and training will
also be reduced at ROTCs at universities across the country. The Army will try to keep those family programs that deliver
the most benefits. But, many important programs will, nonetheless, still be cut. Programs which could be impacted include
child abuse prevention, family advocacy, programs for children with special needs, and resiliency training that assists Soldiers
and families in building stronger relationships and post recreation programs. For more information, view the video of Army
Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaking about the (http://www.army.mil/media/amp/?bcpid=6981683001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAG_GHPw~,CI0n3-GqPXHByBulhHuwUjyN_JMhwMjs&bctid=2198321502001)
possible effects of Sequestration on the U.S. Army.
To keep up with the latest sequestration news and how it affects
the military, visit the (http://www.military.com/topics/sequestration) Sequestration section on Military.com.Soldiers Reminded to Review Records
As the Army draws down, it is important for Soldiers
to keep their records up-to-date and accurate. It is the Soldiers' responsibility to review their records at least once
a year. Human Resources Command (HRC) has noticed routine errors in things like Soldiers' mailing addresses, awards, assignment
history, overseas service, deployment history and dwell time back from deployment. Soldiers can access their OMPF through
AKO or (https://iperms.hrc.army.mil/rms/record) online. When using AKO Soldiers can find their Official
Military Personnel File (OMPF) under the "Army Links" heading on the lower right-hand side of the AKO main screen.
The My Board File Certification Report can be accessed on the HRC homepage at (http://www.hrc.army.mil)
www.hrc.army.mil under Popular HRC Resources or through the (https://www.hrcapps.army.mil/IWS/?page_id=12928)
direct link. All links require a Common Access Card.AF CY12 Officer Promotions
than 700 Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels have been selected for promotion. Promotion-selects were considered
during the November CY12B Colonel Line of the Air Force and Nurse Corps, CY12C Lieutenant Colonel Nurse Corps, and CY12B Major
NC/LAF-Judge Advocate central selection boards held in November 2012. The promotion lists are available at the following links:
(http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130308-021.pdf) colonel, (http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130308-022.pdf)
lieutenant colonel, and (http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130308-024.pdf) major. For more
information about promotion opportunities and other personnel issues, visit the (https://mypers.af.mil)
For more Air Force news, visit the (http://www.military.com/news) Military.com News
Center.Thrift Savings Plan Issues Warning
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is warning
that a free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan that is available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk. The
"TSP Funds" app is not being offered through the TSP, and the TSP does not recommend using this application to access
your TSP account. Doing so could result in a security risk to your account. For more information on keeping your TSP account
safe, see the (https://www.tsp.gov/sitehelp/security/onlineSecurity.shtml) Security Center on the TSP website
or contact the ThriftLine at 1-TSP-YOU-FRST (1-877-968-3778).
For more on the TSP plan, visit (http://www.military.com/money/personal-finance/tsp-thrift-savings-plan)
Military.com's TSP page.Home Loans for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs
helps veterans become homeowners. Through a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs, VA can help you
buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home. For more information, visit VA's Home Loan Guaranty webpage at (http://benefits.va.gov/homeloans/)
For more VA loan guides and resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/money/va-loans)
Military.com VA Loan section.Stories of Women Veterans
In recognition of Women's
History Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs asked female veterans to submit stories of their service. Read about Christmas
in a war zone from an Air Force veteran at VA's VAntage Point Blog at (http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/8895/christmas-in-a-war-zone/)
For more on military history, visit the (http://www.military.com/history)
Military.com History Center.Buddy Finder: Reconnect with Old Military Friends
Military.com Buddy Finder allows you to search over 20 million records to locate old military friends. Search by name, service,
pay grade, age, installation, school, state or employer. (http://www.military.com/buddy-finder/?ESRC=mrvr0128.nl)
Reconnect now.Army Civilian Workers Face Furloughs
Approximately 251,000 Department
of the Army civilians expect to be notified soon if they will be furloughed up to 22 days starting in April. How an individual
employee or activity is affected by furloughs will be subject to the command and the overall guidance of human resources and
legal advice. Overtime and comp time are curtailed, and no employee will be allowed to volunteer services. Telework and the
use of government issued electronics, such as laptops, will not be permitted on furlough days. Health benefits, flexible spending
accounts, federal group life insurance, vision and dental plans and federal long term care plans are not impacted. However,
the employee is still responsible for the full premiums due for these benefits. For more information on how sequestration
and furloughs affect the IMCOM workforce, visit the (http://www.imcom.army.mil/Organization/G1Personnel.aspx)
IMCOME G1--Human Resources webpage.
To keep up with the latest news that affects the military, visit the (http://www.military.com/news)
Military.com News Center.Military Skills Translator: Civilian Jobs You Qualify For
your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities. Enter in
your MOS, MOSC, Rating, or Designator and we'll give you a list of civilian skills and equivalent job openings. (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/?ESRC=mrvr.nl)
Translate Your Skills and Apply for Jobs Now.PepsiCo Is Hiring Veterans
a long legacy of military hiring and remains committed to veteran hiring across all lines of business and roles. The company
believes in providing opportunity for military hires, not just in the name of service, but because (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employer/pepsico/?ESRC=mrvr.nl)
they help the business win.AF 1st Recon Celebrates Centennial
The 1st Reconnaissance
Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., recently celebrated its 100th anniversary as the oldest flying unit in U.S. Military
aviation. The squadron has maintained an unbroken heritage from its founding. Originally organized in anticipation of a potential
breach in security along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, General John Pershing directed the 1st Aero Squadron to become
the first tactical aviation unit to participate in American military action. The 1st RS has flown 47 different airframes while
being stationed worldwide at 52 locations, including four stints at sea. For more information, including a history of the
squadron, visit the (http://www.beale.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3971) Beale Air Force Base
1st Reconnaissance Squadron Fact Sheet, the (http://www.afhra.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=9710) Air
Force Historical Research Agency 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (ACC) fact sheet, and the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (1st RS)
webpage at (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usaf/1rs.htm) globalsecurity.org.
on military history, visit the (http://www.military.com/history) Military.com History Center.Cutting TA Will Hurt Recruiting
Military leaders testified at a hearing of the Military Personnel
Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee that cutting the military's tuitions assistance program will hurt recruitment
and retention rates if allowed to continue through 2014 and beyond. The Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have
already announced the suspension of new enrollments for tuition assistance and advised those currently enrolled that they
will have to find other sources of funding for future courses.
Read the full article on Military.com.VA Hiding Vet Health Data?
A former epidemiologist
for the Department of Veterans' Affairs told lawmakers on Wednesday that the agency's Office of Public Health buries
or obscures research findings on veterans exposed to environmental toxins and hazards going as far back as the Persian Gulf
War. Steven Coughlin, who had worked more than four years for the VA before quitting over "serious ethical concerns"
in December, said in testimony that leadership in the agency's public health office did not want to find or reveal evidence
that Gulf War illness and other sicknesses were linked to troops' military experience.
Read the full article on Military.com.Auto Repair DIY: How to Take Anything Apart
never been able to follow the "easy" instructions to put my kids' toys together until I learned the technique
that follows. Then I was able to get at my brakes to check them and even lubricate the wheel bearings and put everything back
together again! The bonus is that this procedure works for anything that you need to take apart and put back together
again -- flat tires, toasters, bicycles, you name it. (http://www.military.com/off-duty/autos?ESRC=mrvr.nl)
Read More.DoD Furloughs Begin in April
Furloughs for Defense Department (DoD) civilian
employees can begin April 26. Commands have identified civilians who would be exempted from furloughs. If Congress does not
act on sequestration, later this month the department will send letters to the excepted employees and propose furloughs for
the rest. There is a seven-day period for people to reply to their letters, followed by a 30-day waiting period. Civilian
employees also have the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Civilian employees will be furloughed without
pay for 22 days -- one day a week through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. For more information, visit the (http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Pages/furloughguidanceissued.aspx)
U.S. Navy Administrative (Planned) Furlough webpage.
To keep up with the latest news that affects the military, visit
the (http://www.military.com/news) Military.com News Center.VA Loan FAQ: Where do
Buying a new house with a VA loan can be a daunting proposition for those who are unfamiliar with
the process. VA home loans are available to former servicemembers and active duty personnel... for answers to the most common
questions about VA loans, (http://valoan.military.com/?ESRC=mrvr.nl) see this article.Secretary
to Review New Drone Medal
In light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and
its order of precedence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the
award. A decision will be made about the medal's fate after assessing the findings. Opponents of the medal question
the hierarchy of technology-driven warfare such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, missile defense
and cyber capabilities, as the operators may not be anywhere near a combat zone. Production of the medal has stopped, and
there are currently no nominations for it.
Learn more about the new medal on Military.com.Are You Eligible for a VA Home Loan in 2013?
In order to obtain a VA home loan, you must first fill out VA Form 26-1880, the request for your Certificate of Eligibility.
This certificate is issued only through the Veterans Administration, and is the first step towards applying for your loan.
Veterans, active duty, guard or reserve, and military spouses potentially qualify for this certificate. Keep
in mind that the Certificate of Eligibility, while necessary, only allows an eligible individual to apply for a home loan;
it does not guarantee a loan approval. Eligibility for the Certificate is based on an individual's (or a spouse's)
military service. (http://www.military.com/money/content/va-loans/home-purchase/are-you-eligible-for-a-va-home-loan.html?ESRC=mrvr.nl)
Get specifics on Military.com.
Next Step: Find Lenders ready to help you use your VA Home Loan.Deal of the Week: Military Discounts
Up to 50% off lifestyle, outdoor & tactical gear. Shop premium brands on GovX.com at prices not available to the
Shop over 10,000 products!Company Pledges to Hire Furloughed Vets
The recent sequestration
bill will result in a 4-day work week and 20% pay cut for some federal employees beginning as early as April 1. The company
Two Marines Moving is pledging to give employment opportunities to furloughed employees in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metro
Area who are also veterans, which would allow them to continue working a five-day work week. Two Marines Moving has open positions
for full and part time entry level movers. Employees regularly earn extra bonuses for satisfactory reviews from clients and
exceeding expectations. Advancement in pay and duties are available to driver, dispatcher, and sales positions for those that
demonstrate the highest levels of responsibility. For more information, visit the (https://www.facebook.com/twomarinesmoving)
Two Marines Moving Facebook page or call (703) 623-5288.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the
(http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.