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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 created a modernized retirement system for the military. January 8, 2016 — The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 created a modernized retirement system for the military. This new retirement system is effective January 1, 2018. Everyone serving today is grandfathered and can stay under the current system. Those with fewer than 12 years of service as of December 31, 2017 will have an opportunity to opt-in to the new system during calendar year 2018. MORE

Expanded Use-or-lose Leave Law Set to Expire Soon July 31, 2015 — WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - With the expiration of a law that allowed service members to carry up to 75 days of leave from one fiscal year to the next, troops should plan to carry no more than 60 days of leave into fiscal year 2016, defense officials recently announced. MORE

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