10 units set to inactivate in massive reorganization

Thousands of soldiers will move to new units — and the Army’s primary fighting formations will undergo a massive overhaul — in one of the service’s largest organizational changes since World War II.

The Army will cut 10 brigade combat teams and reorganize the rest as it shrinks the active-duty force from a wartime high of about 570,000 to 490,000, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said June 25.

The reorganization — scheduled to begin in October, the start of fiscal 2014, and be completed by the end of fiscal 2017 — takes place as the Army transitions from more than 12 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Get all the details in this week’s Army Times, on newsstands now.

Same-sex marriage: What changes are coming for military

A 5-4 Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has handed the military a new challenge: updating hundreds of benefits and programs to recognize same-sex couples while also figuring out how to pay what could be billions in extra costs.

The Defense Department has been preparing for this expansion since Congress voted in 2010 to repeal the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allowed gays to serve in the military only if they remained closeted.

Defense officials say they are ready and willing to move forward, but are not yet prepared to announce just when same-sex couples will get the housing, health, compensation and support benefits that will grant them equal benefits.

Read more in the July 8 issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Army NCO set to fight member of legendary jiujitsu family

Army Sgt. 1st Class Tim Kennedy will go into the octagon July 6 for his debut Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with a painful reminder of his first fight as a pro mixed martial artist nearly 12 years ago. It’s right there staring him in the face every time he looks in the mirror.

That scar above his right eye came when his opponent cut him wide open in the first round. Kennedy wanted to keep fighting, but he was spilling so much blood that the fight was stopped in less than three minutes. That was Aug. 31, 2001.

No doubt, Kennedy has felt the sting of defeat. In the years since, he has fought twice for the Strikeforce promotion’s middleweight (185-pound) championship title and lost both bids.

Find out more in the latest Army Times.

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