Post-war benefits squeeze

For the first time in the history of the all-volunteer force, the Pentagon is looking to cut back on the military compensation package for service members. In the cross hairs: Tricare fees, commissaries and BAH. The secretary of defense knows it will be a tough sell, and says the upside is more money for training, equipment and research that gives the U.S. military an edge. See more details on the impact on families, plus the 2015 proposed pay chart, in this week’s Army Times, now on newsstands.

New camouflage tests

The Army plans to wear-test a new camouflage pattern that could become the standard Army Combat Uniform pattern for soldiers both in garrison and while deployed. It isn’t the MultiCam that soldiers have been wearing on deployments, and it isn’t the only pattern up for consideration.

Army officials say they are also considering putting soldiers in Navy and Marine camouflage patterns in certain scenarios.

Find out the latest on the Army’s effort to come up with new camouflage. See Army Times this week.

16 smokin’ rifles

Speaking of new camouflage patterns, check out Army Times’ 2014 rifle roundup. It’s got the details about the new sporting rifles in a full range of calibers and prices, from the U.S. and elsewhere. And one not to miss: the semi-automatic camo “duck” pistol. See the OFFduty section in this week’s Army Times.

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