Jan 29

The Official MCRMC Report and Legislative Recommendations

Looking for the official MCRMC Report? We’ve got it here as well as the Legislative Recommendations from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

Click to download the MCRMC Final Report released on January 29, 2015.

Click to download the MCRMC Legislative Proposals released on January 29, 2015

Don’t forget to contact Congress today with our quick email system and let them know to protect military pay and benefits and remind them that we’re watching the HASC and SASC hearings. Read the Op-Ed to learn more why it’s so important.

Some of the initial findings from our friends at NFMA:

Of the Commission’s 15 recommendations, several focus on issues raised by NMFA and the families we serve:

  • Make quality child care more available. The Commission recommends building more child development centers.
    Improve access to quality health care while keeping costs low for troops and their families. The Commission recommends significant changes to the military health system, including a new health care allowance to cover some health care costs and allowing military families to use the same types of insurance plans offered to federal civilians.

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Jan 29

Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing U.S. Marine veteran, 9 others

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — In the latest sign of Libya’s descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

Two attackers were killed following an hourslong standoff that included a car bomb that exploded in the parking lot of the seaside Corinthia Hotel. It was unclear if other gunmen were involved in the attack, which also killed five Libyan guards.

Twitter posts and a statement on social media purported to say a Tripoli affiliate of the Islamic State group was behind the attack. However, there was little evidence outside of that to back up the claims in a country awash in armed extremist groups who would be equally suspect.

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Jan 28

New Sergeant Major of the USMC and SgtMaj Green’s CARntroversy

SgtMaj Green New Sergeant Major of the Marine CorpsThe selection of Sergeant Major Ronald Green as the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corp (SMMC) has once again stirred up controversy about combat experience and the somehow fanatical belief that to be a great leader, one must be an 03, AND must have earned a Combat Action Ribbon. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 27

Military families living on base must start paying cash to live there

Military families paying cash to live on baseMilitary families moving into privatized base housing will begin to pay rent that is one-percent higher than their normal Basic Allowance of Housing (BAH). This change comes from moves Congress made last month to dampen the value of BAH.

According to Stripes.com, Congress voted to allow BAH rates to be trimmed in two ways: by setting rates to cover only 99 percent, not 100 percent, of average rental costs for members’ pay grade and assignment area; also by no longer including in BAH added dollars to cover the expense of renter’s insurance in case personal property is damaged or stolen.

A Defense official, who declined to be named so he could speak more frankly about the changes, stated that military renters into housing on the economy and families moving into privatized base housing will be the ones to feel the effect of the dampened allowances. Both changes are reflected in BAH rates published Jan 1. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 26

Terminal Boots Video: Infantry Gangster or Too Gangster?

Terminal Boots: Thumbs up or Thumbs down? Warning: Language.

Jan 25

Sweeping Military Pay and Benefit Changes Coming

MCRMC 101, The Future of the All-Volunteer Force

Isn’t there a social contract, even though it’s not in writing; your kids, your sons, your daughters, individuals will not have to be drafted because others will come forward and do the job voluntarily? Isn’t that the deal?

~Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), 28 January 2014

Senator Graham’s question is about to be pondered in a way that has not happened since the draft ended 42 years ago. This will be a game changing debate. 

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) is set to release its findings Thursday, January 29, 2015. Our nation will have to grapple with the commission’s conclusions and the implications to our All-Volunteer Force (AVF).

What is the MCRMC and Why Does It Matter?

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Jan 24

Two Marines Identified in California Military Helicopter Crash

Two two Marines were identified who were lost when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed on Friday. The two pilots were stationed at Camp Pendleton and the crash is still under investigation.

“Capt. Kealey and 1st Lt. Satterfield were both outstanding Marine Corps officers and talented helicopter pilots,” said Lt. Col. James M. Isaacs, their commanding officer in a Stripes article. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of our fallen Vipers, and we stand poised to support them in this tragedy.”

The article continues, “Kealey, 32, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, was commissioned in 2005 and had earned several awards and medals. She deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Satterfield, 25, of Oldham, Kentucky, was commissioned in 2011 and supported training operations in Southern California.”

1st Lt. Adam Satterfield

Capt. Elizabeth KealeyThe initial crash news was previously released:

Military officials said two marines died on Friday when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in southern California. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. local time after the aircraft took off from a marine combat center in the desert city of Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Major General Michael Rocco said “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the two Marines we lost in this tragic accident.” Twentynine Palms is a city of some 25,000 people roughly 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

Jan 23

General Dunford’s Planning Guidance Available Now

The Commandant’s guidance builds on MCDP1 Warfighting. Review Warfighting here.

Jan 23

Marine chokes out another Marine

…when Marines get bored and put into practice all those skills they’ve learned.

Jan 22

A little OC spray has these Marines hurting

How did you handle the spray?

Marines work with Pepper Spray

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