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As 2011 comes to a close, ROA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ROA Intersect a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Why our best officers are leaving
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From Jan. 18, 2011: Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector? An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it's not just money. Increasingly, the military is creating a command structure that rewards conformism and ignores merit. As a result, it's losing its vaunted ability to cultivate entrepreneurs in uniform. More

High Court rules for reservist in USERRA case
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From March 8, 2011: The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in favor of an Army reservist who alleged his civilian employer fired him because of bias against his military service. It is the first case heard by the High Court involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act since the law was enacted in 1994. More

National Guard, Reserve soldiers denied family outings
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From March 15, 2011: The Army has tightened restrictions on National Guard and Reserve soldiers preparing for war by keeping them largely confined to their bases and prohibiting leaves to visit families for up to four months, according to a new Army policy. The rules, combined with restrictions in place since 2009, prevent Guardsmen and Reservists mobilized for combat from leaving their training installations even to spend an evening out with relatives or friends. More

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Top DoD reserve official stepping down
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From April 26, 2011: A top Defense Department official who has been pushing to reshape the military's reserve components is stepping down. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis McCarthy announced his retirement in an email to his Pentagon colleagues. McCarthy's resignation comes shortly after he co-authored a long-term proposal to dramatically expand the role of the military's 1.2 million reservists. More

Petraeus, Allen named to new posts
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From May 3, 2011: Seeking to tame wars overseas and budget deficits at home, President Obama announced a major remake of his national security team aimed at ensuring leadership continuity during a perilous time. His own re-election approaching, Obama turned to a cast of familiar and respected officials for the most sweeping reworking of his national security team since the opening weeks of his presidency. More

X Marks the Spot: The New Exchange

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (now the Exchange) has rebranded the organization which is changing the look and appearance of our entire enterprise. 

Lawmakers may revamp military retired pay
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From July 5, 2011: Two cuts in military retired pay are under discussion as part of negotiations between Congress and the White House over the size of the U.S. national debt, but getting an agreement is proving difficult. One cut is small, involving how annual cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. It could apply to military and federal civilian retirees, disabled veterans and survivors. The net effect would be annual adjustments that average one-quarter of a percentage point below what they would be with the current formula. More

DoD panel calls for radical retirement overhaul
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From July 26, 2011: A sweeping new plan to overhaul the Pentagon's retirement system would give some benefits to all troops and phase out the 20-year cliff vesting system that has defined military careers for generations. In a massive change that could affect today's troops, the plan calls for a corporate-style benefits program that would contribute money to troops' retirement savings account rather than the promise of a future monthly pension, according to a new proposal from an influential Pentagon advisory board. More


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General's dilemma: Training US reserves once wars end
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From Sept. 13, 2011: Ten years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan have given the United States the best-trained military reserve in its history. The challenge for Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, the Army Reserve chief, is how to keep it that way. With U.S. forces scheduled to leave Iraq at the end of the year and drawing down in Afghanistan, Stultz worries the force could go back to being a cadre of week-end warriors who train a couple days each month and two weeks in the summer. More

Court awards reservist $926,000 in USERRA case
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From Sept. 20, 2011: An Air Force reservist is a major step closer to receiving $926,506 in back pay and damages, after winning another round in his court fight for his federal re-employment rights. It's one of the largest cases ever under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, attorneys said. Michael Serricchio was a financial adviser who was paid on commission by Prudential Services, Inc., in Stamford, Conn., when he was called to active duty in 2001. More

Lawmaker: Shift active-duty troops to reserves
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From Sept. 27, 2011: Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. of the House Armed Services Committee submitted a proposal that calls for the transfer of 100,000 active-duty Army positions into the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to reduce the defense budget by $103 billion over ten years. "I have served in the Army, the Army Reserve, the Marine Corps, and the Marine Corps Reserve and I know from experience that we can retain our capability while reducing cost..." said Coffman. More


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