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Army Announces New Changes to Retention Bonuses PDF Print E-mail
Officials released new guidance Tuesday on the Army's Selective Retention Bonus Program, which includes first-ever bonuses up to $52,000 for those who reenlist for critical Security Forces Assistance Brigade positions.

SRB "kickers" that incentivize Soldiers who reenlist early will also go into effect at the end of this month. Details are included in Military Personnel Message 18-156.

Kickers will now only be available to those eligible to reenlist on a long-term basis between 10 and 15 months from their contractual ETS date. A $3,000 kicker will be for a five-year reenlistment, and there is a $6,000 kicker for a six-year enlistment.

Soldiers who reenlist under the NCO Career Status Program must also meet the term length requirement for the corresponding kicker amount.
 
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Technology: Playing Field to the Battlefield PDF Print E-mail

NFL helmet maker helping curb service members' head injuries in combat.

 
The creator of the innovative football helmet that performed best in NFL testing the last two years is taking its concussion-reducing technology from the playing field to the battlefield.

VICIS, maker of the Zero1 football helmet, is partnering with the U.S. Army to research ways to reduce head injuries in the military through a development grant announced Tuesday.

The Seattle-based company will replace foam pads in existing Army and Marine Corps combat helmets with liner technology developed for its Zero1 football helmet, said VICIS CEO and co-founder Dave Marver.

"This aligns with our mission and it allows us to protect those who have signed up to protect us," Marver told The Associated Press. "The technology remains in development, but it's very promising and we're hopeful it will make a big difference in the lives of our servicemen and women."
 
Army Sweeps Navy PDF Print E-mail

To Capture Patriot League Baseball Championship

Christian Hodge crouched down in the batter’s box and hung his head while everyone in the Army dugout stormed the field.


Hodge continued staring straight down at the ground as the Black Knights formed a mass pile of humanity on the pitcher’s mound surrounding reliever Cam Opp.
  
Hodge and the rest of the Navy baseball team could not bear to watch as archrival Army celebrated capturing the Patriot League
Championship on Terwilliger Brothers Field.

Freshman Anthony Giachin delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in the winning runs and the bullpen made it stand as Army defeated Navy, 5-3, on Monday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium to sweep the Patriot League Championship series.

“This is indescribable. It’s what we’ve been working toward all year, and to have it all come together this weekend against our archrival is a great feeling,” said Giachin, a third baseman who was named Most Valuable Player of the Patriot League Tournament.

Senior catcher Jon Rosoff went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored for Army, which captured the championship for the first time since securing consecutive crowns in 2012 and 2013. Junior infielder Josh White singled in a run then scored for the Black Knights (34-23), who earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

“We did this for our two seniors — Jon Rosoff and Matt Ball. They’ve been working their butts off for four years and to finally get this for them is huge for the underclassmen and huge for the program,” Giachin said. “We did what it took to get the win today — a lot of timely hitting and a lot of shutdown innings after we scored the go-ahead runs.”
 
Army Planning Complex Battlefield Robots PDF Print E-mail
From the spears hurled by Romans to the missiles launched by fighter pilots, the weapons humans use to kill each other have always been subject to improvement.

Militaries seek to make each one evermore lethal and, in doing so, better protect the soldier who wields it. But in the next evolution of combat, the U.S. Army is heading down a path that may lead humans off the battlefield entirely.
 
Over the next few years, the Pentagon is poised to spend almost $1 billion for a range of robots designed to complement combat troops. Beyond scouting and explosives disposal, these new machines will sniff out hazardous chemicals or other agents, perform complex reconnaissance and even carry a soldier's gear.

"Within five years, I have no doubt there will be robots in every Army formation," said Bryan McVeigh, the Army's project manager for force protection. He touted a record 800 robots fielded over the past 18 months. "We're going from talking about robots to actually building and fielding programs," he said. "This is an exciting time to be working on robots with the Army."

But that's just the beginning.

The Pentagon has split its robot platforms into light, medium and heavy categories. In April, the Army awarded a $429.1 million contract to two Massachusetts companies, Endeavor Robotics of Chelmsford and Waltham-based QinetiQ North America, for small bots weighing fewer than 25 pounds. This spring, Endeavor also landed two contracts worth $34 million from the Marine Corps for small and midsized robots.
 
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