Family and Spouse

Pentagon Budget Hints at More 'Future Force' Initiatives Coming

Senior Airman ley Kaid, 48th Security Forces Squadron Reports and analysis clerk, files papers, Oct. 12, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Cory Payne)

The U.S. Defense Department's proposed fiscal 2017 budget details the various new initiatives designed to make the military more attractive to potential recruits -- from expanded maternity leave to a corporate fellows program -- and hints at more efforts to come. The $583 billion spending plan -- the largest of any federal agency -- referen... more

Some Commissary Price Increases Likely Next Year: Lawmaker

Airmen at the commissary

Congress will seek to raise commissary prices while lowering others under a “variable pricing” plan as part of upcoming 2017 legislation governing the Defense Department, one lawmaker told "I do expect there to be additional commissary provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act, some of which are to give the Defe... more

House Lawmakers to Vote on Bill to Reduce GI Bill Transfer Benefits


Legislation that would cut by half the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowance payments transferrable to children of troops is set for a vote Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The language, part of the Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Act, only cuts the payment for children of service members using the transferred fundi... more

Can the Military Be as Family-Friendly as Silicon Valley?

Photo: Master Sgt. Mark Olsen/U.S. Air National Guard

I hate to say, "I told you so" but ... Did you happen to catch Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's speech last week? Probably not. Most of you probably had better things to do than watch the oh-so-riveting wall-to-wall coverage of mind-numbing bureaucracy on C-SPAN. Here's the text of his speech and the article detailing what he sai... more

Specialty Docs May Draw More Families to Military Hospitals: Officials

Womack Army Medical Center

Military treatment facilities can do a better job of convincing military family members to use them instead of civilian providers by communicating their offerings while increasing the number of providers they have on hand for specialty care, officials said Tuesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill. "We look at patient balance," said Air Force Col. D... more

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