Best for Vets: Colleges 2014

Whether Uncle Sam deploys you to the other side of town or the other side of the world, miles are likely no longer a barrier to your education.

This has been true for years with online and nontraditional schools, but now more traditional universities are embracing distance learning. More than three-fourths of all schools that responded to our Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 survey indicated they offer at least one degree that can be completed entirely online.

See our rankings of the Best for Vets colleges around the country, including measures of veteran support, academic success, quality and rigor, in the Nov. 18 issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Re-up rules: A look at options for soldiers in the window

Soldiers have five options for re-enlistment, now that the fiscal 2014 opportunity window has opened for some active-component soldiers. The window will remain open through Sept. 30.

Eligibility criteria include two general categories:

  • Soldiers with enlistments, or terms of service, that expire Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.
  • Soldiers whose enlistments, or service contracts, expire Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015.

The Army’s policy of requiring soldiers to re-enlist at least 90 days before their expiration term of service date remains in effect. The Army also requires that soldiers with contractual ETSs in fiscal 2014 and 2015 be in the rank of specialist or above.

As the Army enters a period of large force reduction, the retention program is being tightly managed. Find out the five re-enlistment options for the retention program in the Nov. 18 issue of the Army Times.

Stalled search for new camo: Picking pattern ‘not a priority’

To identify a new camouflage pattern, the Army has invested three years, an estimated $10 million and a detailed evaluation by nearly 1,000 soldiers rating camo performance in dozens of terrains. The result, as of now, months after the originally anticipated production date? Nothing.

Getting the new camo approved and into the field simply is “not a priority at this time,” Army officials said.

To find out what could happen next in the search for new camo, pick up this week’s issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Outside the Wire

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