The Army Reserve missed its end-strength goal of 199,500 for the fiscal year by about 9,000 troops, while the National Guard was off its 343,000 goal by about 8,000. The Army's end strength overall remains roughly the same as last year's goal.
The Army may be looking for different ways to expel immigrant recruits who signed up for the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, an internal email indicates. The email requests that attorneys with the Army Reserve examine security screening packets for possible admissions of crimes.
President Donald Trump's nomination of James Gfrerer as the Department of Veterans Affairs' CIO has been approved by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Gfrerer will supervise the agency's $15.8 billion EHR modernization program, which includes replacement of its legacy VistA EHR system, if he's approved.
Army Reserve troops are in France this week to take part in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne campaign at the end of World War I. The National Army was the precursor to the Army Reserve, and almost 700,000 National Army troops fought in World War I.
The Army Reserve is working to increase the number of drill sergeants to improve the force's readiness and lethality. The 108th Training Command plans to increase the number of one-station unit training weeks to 22 for both infantry and cavalry, partner with Reserve component career counselors to better transition active-duty troops to the Reserve, and support the Army's gender integration plan.
Army Reserve troops endured rigorous training in simulators at Fort Hood, Texas, last week to learn how to exit rolled-over vehicles. The simulation replicates the experience of being in the cab of vehicle that rolls downhill and lands upside down.
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, addressed the Air Force Association's Air, Space & Cyber Conference last week. "We find ourselves in a much different environment than we have been in the past, and the Air Force Reserve must ensure our strategies and priorities are in alignment with the National Defense Strategy," he said.
Revised rules allowing Tricare Select and Prime enrollees to switch plans only during an annual open enrollment period or within 90 days of a "qualifying life event" now say those events include an order to switch between an off-base primary care provider and one within the Military Treatment Facility system.
Practicing yoga could help both active-duty troops and veterans cope with stress, writes Alan Steelman, an author and former congressman from Texas. "If you can breathe, you can do yoga, and this is the path to a calmer mind," he writes.