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Starting today, eligible enlisted airmen and officers with between 15 and 19 years of service can apply for retirement. This week’s Air Force Times explains who is eligible and how much money you can expect to get if you are approved for early retirement. Also in this week’s edition: Security forces are bearing the brunt of DOS rollbacks. You can read why they represent an increasing portion of airmen who are being forced out of the service. Meanwhile, the Air Force has issued new guidance about how to conduct themselves in social media. Air Force Times gives you five things…

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has candidly criticized the military’s handling of sexual assault in the ranks. She has called to task general officers on Capitol Hill and backed bipartisan reforms that would add protections for victims and hold offenders accountable. She also put a permanent hold on the nomination of an Air Force three-star who granted clemency to an officer convicted of sexual assault. Yet McCaskill has raised the ire of a prominent advocacy group for military victims of sex crimes — not once but twice in the last month. In late June, Protect Our Defenders accused the lawmaker of minimizing a…

The Air Force has added voluntary separation programs as part of its effort to cut about 1,860 airmen next fiscal year. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can find out more about what voluntary options the Air Force is offering and which ranks are affected most by end strength cuts. If you plan on staying in, you may get voluntold for special duties now that the Air Force has officially announced it will nominate airmen for those positions. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody talks to Air Force Times about the new selection process for developmental…

The Air Force has added voluntary separation programs as part of its effort to cut about 1,860 airmen next fiscal year. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can find out more about what voluntary options the Air Force is offering and which ranks are affected most by end strength cuts. If you plan on staying in, you may get voluntold for special duties now that the Air Force has officially announced it will nominate airmen for those positions. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody talks to Air Force Times about the new selection process for developmental…

An advocacy group for victims of military sexual assault objected to a U.S. congresswoman’s take during a TV interview yesterday on just how common the crime is. “The numbers bandied about are not how many sexual assaults there have been,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” June 20. She was talking about a recent Defense Department report that 26,000 military members were subject to some form of unwanted sexual contact in 2012. “That could be someone looking at you sideways and saying something about how nice you look in a sweater,” the senator said. That’s simply not…

The chief of the Australian army has vowed to be “ruthless” in ridding its ranks of soldiers who degrade and mistreat women. In a brutally candid three-minute message on YouTube June 13, Lt. Gen. David Morrison addressed the alleged online circulation of “highly inappropriate material demeaning women” by a group of army officers. “Those who think that it is OK to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army,” Morrison said matter-of-factly. “If that does not suit you, then get out.” Check out the message below:

Top performing NCOs may soon be ordered to spend three years as a first sergeant, according to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody. In this week’s Air Force Times, we look at who would be affected and the promotion advantages of being a first sergeant. Also this week, you can read how seven valor awards went to one squadron in the Alaska Air National Guard for missions in Afghanistan. Five members of the 212th Rescue Squadron received a total of one Silver Star and six Bronze Stars with valor for rescuing U.S. and Danish troops. Meanwhile, the…

Top performing NCOs may soon be ordered to spend three years as a first sergeant, according to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody. In this week’s Air Force Times, we look at who would be affected and the promotion advantages of being a first sergeant. Also this week, you can read how seven valor awards went to one squadron in the Alaska Air National Guard for missions in Afghanistan. Five members of the 212th Rescue Squadron received a total of one Silver Star and six Bronze Stars with valor for rescuing U.S. and Danish troops. Meanwhile, the…

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh tells Air Force Times that he in no way intended to blame the victims of sexual assault when he mentioned the “hookup mentality” during a recent hearing. In the interview, Welsh explains what he meant and what he regrets about his comments. Since Welsh became chief of staff, the Air Force has launched a pilot program to provide attorneys to sexual assault victims. The program has worked so well that two lawmakers want to expand it to all of the services. The Air Force’s chief legal officer recently took to Twitter to ask airmen…

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh tells Air Force Times that he in no way intended to blame the victims of sexual assault when he mentioned the “hookup mentality” during a recent hearing. In the interview, Welsh explains what he meant and what he regrets about his comments. Since Welsh became chief of staff, the Air Force has launched a pilot program to provide attorneys to sexual assault victims. The program has worked so well that two lawmakers want to expand it to all of the services. The Air Force’s chief legal officer recently took to Twitter to ask airmen…

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