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COVID-19 sparks changes to Army Combat Fitness Test
June 17, 2020
— The Army Combat Fitness Test will be the force's test of record Oct. 1, but the Army's top enlisted soldier says troops will have more time to train for and pass the six-event test — without fear of it negatively impacting their careers...
U.S. Army aims to hire 10,000 new Soldiers during three-day event
June 3, 2020
— The U.S. Army is kicking off its first nationwide virtual hiring campaign June 30 through July 2 with a goal of recruiting 10,000 new Soldiers to serve in 150 different occupations. Army National Hiring Days is an all-Army effort to inspire individuals across the nation to “Join Us.” ...
Fourth graders go behind the 'virtual' scenes at K-9 training
May 21, 2020
— The 341st Training Squadron conducts all military working dog initial training, as well as all MWD handlers' courses, for the Department of Defense at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This elite team was able to share what they do with a class of fourth-grade students from Buda Elementary School during a virtual canine demonstration May 18. ...
Soldiers sound off to Army leadership in new survey
May 11, 2020
— The Army launched a new survey that allows Soldiers to voice their concerns directly and anonymously to Army leadership...
Army finalizing plan to resume collective training
May 4, 2020
— The Army aims to soon resume collective training and hold a ceremony for graduating West Point cadets after the success of measures safeguarding new recruits at training centers...
Army veterinarians post FAQ for pet owners to Army Public Health Center COVID-19 website
April 29, 2020
— The Army Public Health Center has updated its COVID-19 website with a number of pet-related COVID-19 frequently asked questions...
DOD ramps up COVID-19 response efforts from coast to coast
April 11, 2020
— The coronavirus pandemic is slowing down a lot of things, but not the Defense Department’s medical apparatus, which is now operating from coast to coast to bring its medical expertise and capacity to bear on the medical crisis around the nation...
Army seeks retired medical Soldiers to support COVID-19 efforts
March 30, 2020
— The U.S. Army is actively seeking retired officers, noncommissioned officers, and other Soldiers in certain medical specialties to assist with COVID-19 pandemic response efforts...
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Highlights
March 26, 2020
— Leaders from Joint Base San Antonio hosted a COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on the JBSA Facebook page March 25. The meeting assembled a panel of knowledgeable officials to answer questions about common concerns from the JBSA community...
COVID-19: Exploit what you can control
March 19, 2020
— "Can't," "don't," "contain" and "restrict" are negative words present everywhere in the news, the media and conversation. The threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus will undoubtedly remain a challenge for everyone for months to come. Significant abrupt restrictions and closures are making many within our communities feel very controlled and unhappy...
Caisson Platoon honors fallen heroes
March 6, 2020
— On the quiet, narrow streets north of Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, residents regularly see processions of family and friends escorting their loved ones on their journey to the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery...
Changes to promotion process provide Army officers more career flexibility
February 19, 2020
— The Army has initiated changes to its promotion process, allowing qualified officers a chance to "opt-in" for early promotion consideration, Army Talent Management Task Force leaders said Feb. 13...
Defense Language Institute beta tests new program similar to U.S. Army Echo Company
February 4, 2020
— Nested in the corner of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland lies the Defense Language Institute English Language Center. Identifiable by its kempt campus, DLIELC is home to more than 400 civilian and...
'Transformational change' necessary for Army to fight, win future conflicts
January 22, 2020
— The Army must engage in "transformational change" -- not incremental improvements -- to achieve overmatch, deter great-power competition, and win the future fight, the Army's top officer said Jan. 21...
New entrance test to increase Soldier quality, reduce attrition
January 2, 2020
— A new military entrance exam is now being given to Army recruits to predict performance, behaviors, attitude, and attrition of potential Soldiers...
Eating right will improve ACFT score, says Army dietitian
November 20, 2019
— In addition to physical exercise, proper nutrition plays a major role in overall health, fitness, and training for the Army Combat Fitness Test...
'What's Your Warrior?' -- Army's new recruiting effort targets Gen Z
November 14, 2019
— With the pool of qualified recruits shrinking, a new Army marketing campaign debuted on Veterans Day to target younger cohorts -- known as Generation Z -- and focus beyond traditional combat roles. To do this, the Army is asking 17-to-24-year-olds one question: What's Your Warrior?...
Legal education program opens doors to law school
September 24, 2019
— Interested in pursuing a law degree and a career as an Army lawyer? The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications through Nov. 1 from U.S. Army lieutenants and captains for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program...
Army making improvements to Family Readiness Groups
June 13, 2019
— The Army recently made some of the most significant changes to Family Readiness Groups since their creation following the first Gulf War. The groups have been re-named "Soldier and Family Readiness Groups" or SFRGs...
Commentary: the professional NCO
May 8, 2019
— Webster's Dictionary defines being a professional as “characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession.” As noncommissioned officers we are the "backbone" of the Army profession. It is our inherent duty to uphold our responsibilities, be both technically and tactically competent, quality leaders and trainers and maintain the welfare of our Soldiers and their families. ...