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As of 2015, military personnel who entered service after July 31, 1986 and who are eligible and intend to serve for 20 years must choose between two retirement plans at their 15th year of service. The two choices are: (1) High-3 retirement plan: Retirement pay is based on the highest average basic pay for 36 months of a servicemember's career. These are usually the last 3 years. (2) REDUX retirement plan plus a $30,000 bonus paid at the 15th year of service. In return for accepting the bonus, REDUX provides smaller retirement checks. How should Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Soldiers decide which option to take? The Department of Defense had a website that provided information and examples to help servicemembers, but it is currently unavailable. We have used a different approach that many have found useful in evaluating these retirement choices. Here, we update that work for those making the retirement choice in 2015.
This report uses data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify high-growth and high-wage occupations in the state of Florida, and the associated career and technical education (CTE) Career Clusters. This information can be used to assist educational and private industry CTE stakeholders in identifying whether the CTE Programs of Study that schools and colleges offer are well aligned with current and future local labor market needs.
This report uses data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification system to identify high-growth and high-wage occupations in the state of Tennessee, and the associated career and technical education (CTE) Career Clusters. This information can be used to assist educational and private industry CTE stakeholders in identifying whether the CTE Programs of Study that high schools and postsecondary institutions offer are well aligned with current and projected local labor market needs.
This report is the product of a systematic review of published data and research about education in middle Appalachia from 1995 to 2015. Special attention is paid to issues that reflect national and regional priorities: college and career readiness, educator effectiveness, access to and quality of curriculum and instruction, systemic capacity, and health and wellness factors. Overall, the review suggests that education opportunities and outcomes in middle Appalachia are improving.
This paper, which builds from an earlier paper written on covert versus overt provocations for the 6th CNA-KIMS workshop, examines North Korea's provocation and escalation calculus, as well as the timing inherent in its brinksmanship decision-making. It contains information up through the end of May 2015.