AUSA Bulletin


Thursday, July 12, 2018 

AUSA Joins Call for Bigger Pay, More Troops

The Association of the U.S. Army has joined with other Military Coalition members in supporting more pay for soldiers, more troops and lower Tricare health fees as Congress begins final deliberations on the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

The coalition, a group of 26 military and veterans groups, says in a July 10 letter to the House and Senate Armed Services committees that it appreciates the 2.6 percent basic pay and drill pay increase endorsed by the House and Senate in their separate versions of the defense bill. The modest increase would keep pace with private-sector salary growth and would also be the biggest pay increase in nine years. The 2018 raise was 2.4 percent.

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New PT Test Could Cut Injuries, Improve Readiness

Unveiling a new, strenuous fitness test, the Army recognizes it will have to spend some money to achieve what it believes will be big savings in reduced costs for treating injuries while also having a more combat-ready force.

The Army Combat Fitness Test, to be field-tested beginning in October with about 40,000 soldiers, has a roughly $20 million price tag for new testing equipment but could reduce the $4 billion a year spent on injuries, accidents and other health-related issues.

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Army Hospitals To Be Transferred to Defense Agency

Starting in October, the Defense Health Agency will begin assuming responsibility for health care delivery by military hospitals and clinics.

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West said this is part of a management change that will make DoD?not the services?responsible for business operations across the military health care system, including health care administration and management, administrative policies and procedures, and military medical construction.

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15 Employers Tapped for Support Freedom Awards

Fifteen employers have been selected to receive the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for their efforts on behalf of employees who are in the National Guard or Reserve.

?Our National Guard and Reserve members are a vital part of our national defense and deserve as much support as our country can provide,? Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement. ?These 15 employers lead the way, and we are grateful for their role in helping to keep our nation safe and secure.?

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Upcoming Symposia & Exhibitions

For more details and information visit www.ausa.org/meet
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
ILW Breakfast Series
Lt. Paul A. Ostrowski, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Army Cyber and Networks Hot Topic
The Army in Cyberspace

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
ILW Breakfast Series
Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, Deputy Chief of Staff, USA G-8
 

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