More soldiers. More deployments. More money. Drill sergeants in AIT and the biggest pay raise in seven years.

New body armor, guns and uniforms ― and maybe even the return of the World War II-era “pinks and greens” uniform.

Also on tap: big changes to Tricare, GI Bill benefits and your retirement options, and maybe ― finally ― a new PT test.

Soldiers can expect 2018 to bring many key, critical changes that will impact their lives at home and in uniform.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store for 2018:

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