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The Department of Defense subsidizes the cost of off-base child care through its fee assistance program. Currently, only spouses of servicemembers who die in combat-related incidents can receive this aid for their children.
The Department of Defense started 11 of the last 12 fiscal years under a continuing resolution, which provides temporary funding for federal agencies when Congress hasn't enacted regular appropriations by the start of the fiscal year.
Employees who leave DOD to work for DOD contractors may face restrictions designed to protect against conflicts of interest. For example, they are permanently prohibited from attempting to influence their former agency about a project they worked on.
The U.S. military depends on systems of ultra high frequency ("narrowband") satellites for secure communications. The newest system provides cell-phone-like voice and data service to military users and could provide a 10-fold increase in communications capacity.
In May 2019, we issued a report examining whether there are racial, ethnic, or gender disparities in the military justice system. Among other things, we found the military services do not collect consistent information on race, ethnicity, and gender making it more difficult to identify disparities.
The Department of Defense offers programs and services that can help active-duty servicemembers who foster or adopt a child. But, most military foster and adoptive families aren't aware of all of the help they can get from DOD.
There are 43 Department of Defense installations in the United States designated as remote or isolated. This allows these installations to provide certain morale, welfare, and recreation activities (e.g., fitness and childcare centers) that they might not otherwise be able to fund.
Around 200,000 servicemembers leave the military each year and may encounter difficulties during their transition to civilian life. We looked at how DOD's Transition Assistance Program is administered to servicemembers at small or remote military installations in the U.S.
U.S. military commanders have a wide range of legal responsibilities. Commanders, for example, have legal authority to discipline personnel under the military system of justice and need to comply with international law and rules of engagement.
They receive legal training throughout their careers.