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  • Military Fitness: Racing an Ironman

    It is not news that most military members are athletes to some degree. Fitness tests are part of protocol in the military, and the discipline to not just complete, but excel is engrained from day one. Veteran Liz McLean has some tips about your military training can help prepare you for Ironman (IM) triathlons. Read her post, which includes ten areas in the world of IM that relate to military service. more

  • DoD Hospitals to Take on More Challenging Cases

    The Department of Defense will ask Congress for new authorities to funnel more challenging cases into military treatment facilities, a move aimed at sustaining wartime specialty skills and overall medical readiness. The effort to enrich the patient mix, particularly for inpatient care, will focus on treating more elderly patients, more veterans with complex conditions who might otherwise be ineligible for on-base care, and more military retire... more

  • Lawmakers Noncommittal on Military Retirement and Health Care Changes

    President Obama and members of Congress on Thursday were quick to praise the Military Compensation and Retirement Commission for its report -- two years in the making -- but are holding off on saying what recommendations may get passed into law. The commission laid out 15 recommendations that included overhauling the Defense Department's retirement and health care systems. It even offered a new retirement system that would enroll service membe... more

  • Some AF Employees Eligible for Health Care

    Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent Air Force employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. They must work 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days and have a 60-day window in which to enroll. Once employees are eligible for FEHB they will also be eligible to apply for coverage under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. For more information, visit the Long Term Care Insur... more

  • Combat Medicine Advances When Experts Collaborate

    To reinforce the need to share life-saving and health-inducing ideas, the Defense Health Agency last month hosted a four-day Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Government and private sector experts discussed continuing progress against signature wounds of recent wars, infectious diseases and operational hazards. For more details on the latest life-saving techniques, see this Military Advantage post. more

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