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Proposed changes to eligibility criteria for burial at Arlington

 By U.S. Army Public Affairs

The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, acting Secretary of the Army, has proposed revised eligibility criteria for interment and inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). The Army will now begin the federal government's public rulemaking process, which includes soliciting public feedback to the proposed changes.

The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act directed the Secretary of the Army to establish revised eligibility criteria to keep the cemetery functioning as an active burial ground "well into the future" -- defined as 150 years.

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Go Mobile, Get Advanced

From Lisa Rendzio, Sea Warrior Program

It’s been four months since the Navy released the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) mobile app, which provides Sailors a more convenient way of taking the exam – anywhere, anytime.

The app has already been downloaded more than 74,000 times. It’s the second most popular app in the Navy App Locker.

As of Sept. 16, 155,438 Sailors had completed their PMK-EE, with a total of 30,199 via the mobile app; that’s almost 20%.

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Contingency Management Helps Veterans Stay Drug-Free

Veterans, especially recent veterans, have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic and the rise in other substance use disorders (SUD). Problems of chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) make substance use and abuse more likely.

Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has treated SUD with contingency management (CM), a technique that promotes abstinence from drugs and alcohol. The technique is simple, costs little, and boasts a high success rate. More than 4,000 veterans have participated in a 12-week contingency management program at more than 100 VA medical centers.

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Navy Exchanges Launch Revamped Student-Rewards Program

From Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs

The Navy Exchange Service Command has revamped its student-reward program just in time for the new school year.

The NEXTgen Scholars Program still offers all qualified students the opportunity to win $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 or $500 each quarter. Along with the monetary award, each winner will now receive a certificate and medal, whose ribbon reads “In Honor of Academic Excellence.” The next drawing is at the end of September.

Any eligible full-time student who has a B-grade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Homeschooled students can also qualify with acknowledgement that the student has a “B” average or equivalent record of accomplishment.

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