Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA)
The Army has ended the Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) program. Service members eligible for TERA must have submitted a request through their chain of command by January 15, 2018 for early retirement consideration. The authority to approve TERA was terminated on February 28, 2018.
The FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Public Law 112-81, enacted 31 December 2011, authorized the military services to offer early retirement to Service members who have completed at least 15 years of active service. This is a discretionary authority and not an entitlement. The Army has elected to use this limited program as part of a comprehensive force management strategy to shape the force. It does not apply to Service members of the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.
Recognition for Qualifying Participation in Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2021 - The Department of Defense has approved award of the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) to recognize service members for their qualifying participation in Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration. Both Active and Reserve Component members are eligible for such recognition. The period of award is from January 6, 2021 to future to-be-determined termination date. The designated ‘area of eligibility’ includes the National Capital Region (District of Columbia, the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; the Virginia counties of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William).
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2021 - Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that on a single night in January 2020, there were 37,252 Veterans experiencing homelessness in America, an increase of 0.4% over 2019.