Pfc. Ernie Perez, a customer service finance technician and travel clerk with B/4th Financial Management Support Detachment, 17th Special Troops Battalion, 17th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), helps a Soldier fill out financial paperwork at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, June 20, 2016.
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The Army’s new regulations regarding basic allowance for housing paperwork, meant to crack down on fraud, could end up screwing thousands of soldiers out of additional BAH funds for dependents, a branch spokesman told Military.com on Aug. 31.
An Aug. 16 memo from Army Deputy Assistant Secretary For Manpower And Reserve Affairs Raymond Horoho, first obtained and published by Army W.T.F! Moments on Aug. 30, set a hard deadline of 60 days for active-duty soldiers to supply the branch with missing paperwork affirming the existence of their dependents in order to keep their additional BAH funds allocated to service members
Requests for missing paperwork aren’t unusual: Army Times notes that the branch made a similar request of some 140,000 soldiers who lacked complete documentation in 2016. When confirming the authenticity of the memo to both Army Times and Military.com, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Randy Taylor told the latter that there are currently around 60,000 soldiers at risk of losing their extra BAH funds due to incomplete applications.
In addition, the memo calls for annual resubmissions of important paperwork, with a second 90-day grace period to adjust their BAH levels accordingly in the Army’s Personnel Electronic Records Management System. That means marriage licenses, birth certificates, and even alimony agreements — anything that proves a soldier’s paycheck is not entirely his or her own.
A soldier’s failure to upgrade paperwork will result not just in a reversion of BAH funds to the level appropriate for a single, unattached individual, but likely trigger a fraud investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the branch says that any potential criminal investigations will be conducted “at the local level based upon the facts involved on a case-by-case basis,” Taylor told Army Times.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.