The number of reported sexual assaults declined at the Air Force Academy and West Point, and increased slightly at the U.S. Naval Academy. But DoD officials can’t determine whether that reflects an increase or decrease of actual crimes.
Number of reported sexual assaults in the military rose 50 percent between 2012 and 2013. The Defense Department says it’s confident the figure doesn’t reflect more crimes, but that more victims are comfortable enough to come forward.
Presidents, members of Congress, veterans and many others call it the finest fighting force in the world. But the Army doesn’t stay that way by accident. Recruiting is a constant challenge, particularly as society and culture change. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow is commander of the Army Recruiting Command. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.
The Army closed out the fiscal year that ended a little over a week ago having met its recruiting goals for the first time in five years.
The Pentagon says its new Silicon Valley-based technology outreach office is seeing some early successes in rapid acquisition. It handled its first dozen procurements in an average time of 60 days. But most of the money it spent went to established companies, not garage-style startups.
To combat the Army’s nondeployability problem, the service wants to add deployment pay and cut tuition assistance for non-deployable soldiers.
The Army hasn’t achieved a number like that in the past 20 years without violating DoD’s quality standards.
After years of shrinking the force, the Army is suddenly in growth mode again, creating new challenges for recruiters.
The Army is getting rid of its early retirement program as it ramps up its end strength.