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March 28, 2013
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  • ROA: News article overlooks joblessness among reservists
    A recent article in The Washington Post highlights veteran joblessness but fails to address the challenges faced by reservists seeking employment, writes Keith Weller, director of communications at the Reserve Officers Association. The unemployment rate among young reservists is as high as 36%, compared with 9.4% for veterans in general, he adds. "Left unchecked, recruiting and retention in the Reserve Components will plummet," Weller writes. Five X Five blog (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Pentagon 
  • U.S. may boost presence near West Africa to combat piracy
    The Pentagon reportedly is considering shifting resources to combating piracy off the west coast of Africa. Officials have expressed concern that groups linked to al-Qaida are being funded by African piracy. "If the threat that is present in Africa is left unaddressed, it will over time grow to an increasingly dangerous and imminent threat to U.S. interests," Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said recently. Air Force Times (free registration) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Home Front 
  • Military retailer must compete with Wal-Mart
    Retail stores and malls operated by Army & Air Force Exchange Service increasingly will compete with chains including Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Cabela's as veterans return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, making it vital for the operation to keep up with the times. At the helm is former Barneys New York CEO Tom Shull, the first civilian ever to hold the top job at the $10 billion-a-year retail business. The Dallas Morning News (subscription required) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  Reserve Strength 
  • CBO: Caps on military pay raises are worth considering
    Limiting military pay raises to the rate of inflation would save the Pentagon a considerable amount of money but could hurt recruiting, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The Pentagon could mitigate the negative effects of pay caps by implementing bonus systems to reward service members who have critical skills, the report said. Navy Times (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sequester cuts just the start of change, experts say
    Even if sequestration were eliminated, military budgets wouldn't grow, defense industry analysts say, and the future may include consolidation of companies, even shutdowns. Analysts point to the Defense Department, saying reform is needed on personnel costs, but others say pay and benefits already are stretched thin. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Laws don't protect reservists from hiring bias, observers say
    Discrimination in the job market against National Guard and Reserve members persists despite laws intended to prevent employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of service. Many reservists become frustrated by fruitless job searches and volunteer for deployments, says Ted Daywalt, CEO of VetJobs. "It's like being caught in a death cycle." AOL Jobs (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Military benefits will change if DOMA is struck down, advocates say
    A group of same-sex military spouses assembled outside the Supreme Court this week to protest the Defense of Marriage Act, arguing that it prevents the families of gay and lesbian service members from receiving benefits such as health care and base access. The court is considering a case that could lead to the law being struck down. Stars and Stripes (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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