Europe briefs: Army increases bonuses for potential Patriot crews
The Army announced this week increases in enlistment bonuses for recruits who sign up to work with Patriot Missile systems.
Recruits who enter the Patriot Missile System Enhanced Operator MOS, 14E, now will receive $8,000 for a four-year commitment, up from $4,000; $12,000 for five years, instead of $6,000; and $14,000 for six years, up from $8,000.
Those who sign up as Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operators, MOS 14T, will receive $3,000 for a two-year commitment, instead of $1,000; $5,000 for three years, instead of $3,000; $8,000 for four years, instead of $4,000; $12,000 for five years, instead of $6,000; and $14,000 for six years, instead of $8,000.
The two MOSs were among 15 increased in September to boost enlistment in hard-to-get specialties.
JASS operating againThe Navy’s computerized system that allows sailors to look for other jobs within the service has been restored after being shut down for more than a month by Hurricane Katrina, according to the Navy.
The Job Advertising and Selection System Career Management System went back online Friday, the Navy announced. Telephone operators who had been helping sailors while the server was down were to stop operating after Tuesday.
Along with job search data banks, it also allows sailors to check their personnel records to make sure they are accurate.
COLA up for someMilitary retirees and survivors can expect an extra $63 per month in compensation, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday.
The Cost of Living Adjustment is going up 4.1 percent effective Dec. 1. The change will not affect COLA calculations for troops on active duty.
The 1.8 million retirees and 200,000 survivors who receive COLA will start seeing the extra money Jan. 3, the spokesman said.
Increases in COLA are dictated by inflation. The spokesman said inflation has been particularly strong this year, partially because of energy costs.