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  • Selected Reserve Education Benefits

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    By Maj. Ron Lee, DANTES Reserve Components Advisor Few people can name all seven components of the Selected Reserve; much less describe the multitude  of educational benefits that are available to their members. Memorizing each  component is really quite simple. Each of the five active-duty services has a  Reserve Component. They are described as the Army Reserve (USAR), Navy Reserve  (USNR), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Marine Corps Re... more

  • Drill Sergeant Incorporates Skills Learned in Civilian Career

    2015 Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year, Staff Sgt. Mark Mercer of the 95th Training Division, prepares to X-ray the elbow of a patient at an orthopedic clinic in Edmond, Okla., Dec. 7, 2015. (U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)

    EDMOND, Okla., December 18, 2015 — How do you picture a drill sergeant? As a stern, totalitarian figure; barking out orders with an unintelligible loud snarl, ready to pounce on your every misstep? Or do you see them more as a mentor? Someone who takes the time to understand the individual strengths and weaknesses of their recruits? Perhaps a leader who takes a step back to see what recruits are going through to help them transform from citiz... more

  • Guard and Reserve Survey Deadline Extended

    The cutoff date has been extended for Guard and Reserve Soldiers to complete a survey on gender relations in the workplace. The new deadline for mailing surveys is Oct. 13, and Soldiers have until Oct. 19 to complete the online "2015 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Reserve Component Members" (2015 WGRR). The survey went out to 487,300 m... more

  • Survivor Benefit Plan for Reserve Component

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    The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) enables people who served in Reserve Components to leave the people they care about with a benefit called an “annuity.” An annuity is a monthly payment that lasts the lifetime of your beneficiary after you pass away. The amount of the monthly payment is a percentage of your retired pay, and that percentage depends upon the election you make when you sign up for RCSBP. The RCSBP is quite sim... more

  • Army Reserve Officer Who Threatened Mosque Set for Hearing

    In this June 2016 photo released by the Hoke County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office, Thomas Russell Langford poses for a booking photograph. (Hoke County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A decorated Army Reserve officer who left bacon at a North Carolina mosque and threatened to kill its members is expected to appear in court for the first time since he posted bail last month. Hoke County Court scheduled a hearing for Russell Thomas Langford of Fayetteville for Wednesday morning. Witnesses say on that on June 9, Langford made death threats to members of the mosque about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville and ... more

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