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Budget Pressure Prompts Air Force to Slash Staffing on Remote Island in Azores

  • December 16, 2012
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In what it is describing as a cost-cutting measure, the Pentagon announced last week it will eliminate the positions of more than 400 military personnel, along with 500 family members, at Lajes Field on the Portuguese island of Terceira in the Azores. The move will shrink the current workforce of 1,100 U.S. and Portuguese personnel at the base by at least half by October 2014, officials said. Airmen assigned to Lajes in the future will serve one-year, unaccompanied tours …

Georgia Initiative to Strengthen Military Bases, Attract Private Industry

  • December 16, 2012
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A new initiative launched by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is aimed at protecting the state’s installations, partially by recruiting contractors to defense communities to help increase the military value of local bases. The Governor’s Defense Initiative, launched in November, isn’t specifically focused on the next base closure round, but it will attempt to ensure DOD policymakers are aware of Georgia’s military assets. “You can’t wait until BRAC lists bases that are going to close to start worrying about these things …

White House Opposes Funding Cut for Civilians, Contractors in Defense Policy Bill

  • November 29, 2012
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A provision that would cut DOD’s civilian and contractor workforce by an estimated 5 percent over the next five years is one of many sections of the Senate’s fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill the White House objected to as part of a veto threat issued Thursday. The provision, added to the annual policy measure by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), could eliminate up to 36,000 civilian jobs and tens of thousands of contractor positions through FY 2017 …

‘Hire a Veteran’ Campaign to Dispel Myths about PTSD, TBI

  • November 25, 2012
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A new Army campaign aims to answer some of the most pressing concerns employers have when considering hiring a military veteran, including the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury on job performance. Other questions hiring companies have are the cost of accommodating veterans suffering from PTSD or other mental health issues, and how military skills translate to civilian jobs …

DOD Pilot to Ease Process for Personnel to Gain Civilian Credentials

  • November 20, 2012
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A pilot program started last month will help service members gain civilian professional credentials in five occupational areas — aircraft mechanic, automotive mechanic, health care, supply and logistics, and truck driver — that cover 17 military specialties. During the pilot, officials will assess whether existing military training is sufficient to qualify personnel for civilian credentials …

Spouse Hiring Program Reaches New Heights

  • November 14, 2012
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A Pentagon program intended to help military spouses find rewarding careers despite frequent relocations added 30 companies and organizations at a Washington Navy Yard event Wednesday, raising the total number of participants past 160. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is needed in the military community to combat spouses’ high unemployment rates and historically low wages …

Fewer Business Startups Created by Veterans

  • November 11, 2012
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A new study by the Kauffman Foundation documents a long-term decline in the number of businesses started by military veterans. In 1996, veterans represented 12.3 percent of all new entrepreneurs, but by 2011, veterans comprised just 6 percent of new entrepreneurs, the study found. Until three years ago, veterans generally started companies at higher rates than non-veterans …

Employers Unprepared to Reintegrate Veterans with Disabilities, Research Shows

  • October 25, 2012
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Despite good intentions, few employers are fully prepared to recruit, hire and accommodate veterans with disabilities, according to a new report from the Workplace Warrior Think Tank. The think tank sees progress in the myriad efforts spearheaded by the private sector to offer opportunities to veterans, but more needs to be done. The prospect that former service members have post-traumatic stress disorder is a key barrier preventing companies from embracing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan …

Service Members Cite Difficulty Finding Jobs as Top Concern

  • October 22, 2012
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Unemployment is the number one worry among military personnel, according to a new poll conducted by Concerned Veterans of America. Twenty-eight percent of military voters ranked finding a job after they separate from service as their top concern, reported Politico. Only 18 percent of respondents said gaining access to medical care for service-related wounds was their biggest issue. The other concerns listed by service members included deployment pressures, downsizing of personnel and transition assistance.

Initiatives to Boost Veteran Hiring Pay Dividends

  • October 17, 2012
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Private sector-led initiatives to increase hiring of military veterans seem to be paying off as the unemployment rate among younger veterans is declining, reports the Wall Street Journal. Last week, a coalition of 76 companies said its members had hired 28,186 veterans since last year, putting the group ahead of pace to meet its goal of hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. And on Monday, the Get Skills to Work coalition said it would accelerate skills training for veterans to qualify them for the hundreds of thousands of job openings in advanced manufacturing that companies say they are unable to fill …

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