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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:30 am

Inspector General: U.S. employed enemy-backing contractors

A contractor accused of helping insurgents make improvised explosive devices for use against NATO forces was allowed to work on a facility in Afghanistan run by the coalition last year.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko warned that gaps in how contractor information is shared by U.S. government agencies supporting Afghan reconstruction efforts could allow insurgents access to coalition facilities again.

According to SIGAR, the issue is much broader, as the U.S. government has paid $150 million to companies in Afghanistan with links to insurgents.

Find out why the Army refused to blacklist a contractor with alleged insurgent ties in this week’s issue of Army Times, on newsstands now.

Transition: Your options

Reserve looks to bolster force with prior-service, separating active soldiers

The Army Reserve wants to recruit as many as 8,000 soldiers as they leave active duty this year as part of a “fundamental shift” in how the component fills its ranks.

This focus on capturing transitioning soldiers is taking place as the active Army cuts 40,000 more soldiers and the Reserve struggles to fill critical shortages.

In all, the Reserve’s prior-service recruiting goals for the year make up more than half of its total recruiting mission.

To find out how you can cash in as the Army draws down, including your options in active duty or Reserve, pick up the Nov. 25 issue of the Army Times, on sale now.

Army orders review of youth centers

Army Secretary John McHugh ordered a sweeping review of procedures at child care and youth centers serving Army families. McHugh issued the order after it was publicly disclosed that a former employee at the Fort Meade Youth Center was suspected of assaulting two children at the facility. The Fort Meade incident is the latest in a string of child abuse and neglect cases affecting Army families.

An Army Times investigation found that nearly 30,000 children in military families were abused or neglected between 2003 and 2012; and 118 of them died from the abuse.

Courtesy of Army Times

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