Fort Hood shooting’s impact

As the Fort Hood community responds to the tragic events of April 2, soldiers, experts and veterans look at what may come next. A security expert advises the military to expand active-shooter training. Some fear the event will fuel heightened stigma about post traumatic stress. Read more about the responses from the Army community in this week’s Army Times.

Army special pay

The 2014-2015 guide to special pay and bonuses is out. The four-page guide in Army Times this week explains 14 programs in detail, including who’s eligible for which bonuses, how much soldiers can get for each of the jobs or duties and the plan for soldiers who are involuntarily separated from service. Get the guide, complete with pay-rate charts, in Army Times.

Is new appearance regulation racist?

The Army wants to hear from soldiers after the revised AR 670-1 came out and thousands complained online that the new rules are unfair and racially biased against black women, specifically about how they are allowed to wear their hair. Some contacted Army Times to say the revised reg essentially bans natural hair for many women. One sergeant petitioned the White House to push for the rules to be reconsidered, and the petition quickly gathered thousands of signatures. Now the sergeant major of the Army says soldiers are welcome to comment through official channels and “we’re going to listen.”

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