From the April 28 issue:

More force-outs from the Army

The Army’s newest move to shrink the force targets staff sergeants with black marks on their records, and also senior noncommissioned officers who haven’t finished their courses in the education system for NCOs.

The Army secretary ordered the latest round of efforts to trim the service by 30,000 soldiers in the next year and a half.

See more on the expanded program for involuntary separations in Army Times this week, available on newsstands now.

Back to Europe

With rumblings from Russia heightening tensions in Europe, the U.S. military is poised for a dynamic change for its footprint in Europe, officials said.

With a focus on bolstering the eastern border of NATO, the U.S. military is looking at putting more boots on the ground in unfamiliar places. The Army is looking for noncommissioned officers and officers for European assignments.

See the four-page report, including a full-page map detailing some of the locations gaining in profile and importance, in Army Times this week.

Soldiers losing R&R leave

Counting on that rest and recuperation leave to break up that yearlong deployment? Not so fast.

Soldiers deploying for 12 months to certain countries around the world will lose that leave, beginning June 1. The change affects 20 areas being removed from the Defense Department’s list of places that qualify soldiers for imminent danger pay.

Find out what areas are affected and more details in Army Times.

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