24 October 2011 Military Report

From Military.com’s weekly roundup of military benefits, financial news that affects your life:

10 Jobs America Can’t Do Without – Here’s 10 crucial jobs that seem to be recession-proof (many of which are actually a good fit with military skills and training). More…

2012 Disability Comp to Increase 3.6 Percent – Disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a 3.6 percent COLA. More…

2012 Retiree COLA Released – Military and federal civilian retirees, survivor benefit annuitants, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a COLA increase in their benefits. More…

AAFES Welcomes Wounded Warriors – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service supports wounded or injured warriors by participating in Operation Warfighter (OWF), a Federal internship program for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers. More…

AF Jobs Listed – Following a comprehensive upgrade, job seekers can now return to the USAJOBS website to browse Air Force vacancy notices. More…

AF Senior Officer Promotions – The Air Force has announced the 2011A Colonel Judge Advocate General Corps, Chaplains Corps and Biomedical Service Corps, 2011B Lieutenant Colonel and Major central selection boards recently selected 35 lieutenant colonels, 80 majors and 213 captains for promotion to the next higher rank. More…

AF to Promote 760 Airmen – The Air Force has announced that more than 760 Airmen have been selected for promotion to the next higher rank as part of the October enlisted supplemental promotion process. More…

Careers for Navy Veterans – Veterans searching for civilian careers with the Department of the Navy (DON) should visit the USAJOBS at www.USAJOBS.gov, which is the one-stop source for federal jobs including DON job announcements. More…

Corps Reduces Education Benefits – The Marine Corps has made their drastic reductions in tuition assistance official. More…

DFAS: Monthly Retirement Pay Statements – Effective 1 November 2011, retired military members who draw a monthly payment will be able to access a retirement pay statement via their online MyPay accounts. More…

Deal of the Week: Disney Discount – Guests presenting a valid military ID when checking in at select Walt Disney World Resorts are eligible for special room only discounts. 30% off Select Disney Value Resorts, 35% off Disney Moderate Resorts and Cabins, and 40% off Disney Deluxe Resorts. More…

Find Out What Military Benefits You Have – The Military.com Benefit Calculator is designed to quickly and easily connect you with your benefits information based on your service and status. More…

GI Bill Housing Allowance Extended – The housing allowance will be payable to students enrolled solely in distance learning (including online education), and is half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. More…

Hiring Our Heroes – The “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative had the initial goal of hosting 100 hiring fairs for veterans across the country — dozens of fairs are scheduled for the rest of 2011. More…

Holiday Mail Deadlines Set – The United States Postal Service and Military Postal Service Agency have released deadlines to ensure packages arrive to Military and State Department post offices overseas by Dec. 25, 2011. More…

Navy Restructures Retention Pay – Beginning Jan. 1, the Navy will restructure the Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay (ESRP) policy to provide incentive for senior enlisted Sailors to serve as a submarine engineering department master chief (EDMC), CVN leading chief petty officer (LCPO) or reactor department master chief (RDMC). More…

New Military.com Spouse Channel – Visit the new Military.com Spouse Channel to get tips and advice on the issues that matter most to you — relocation, relationships, spouse careers and education, deployment, spouse benefits and more. More…

New Navy Pre-separation Checklist – The U.S. Navy is converting to a standardized pre-separation checklist available online. More…

Retirement Changes Face Huge Opposition – A recent Fleet Reserve Association survey found that more than 80 percent of the 1,700 respondents strongly opposed proposals to “civilianize” the current military retirement system. More…

Veterans Virtual Career Fair: Nov 14-18 – Monster and Military.com are teaming up to bring you a job fair right to your front door. The virtual career fair will plug you into an environment where you leverage the Internet to power up your job search. More…

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.