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U.S. Army Eases Rules On Beards, Turbans For Muslim, Sikh Troops

Army Secretary Eric Fanning, in a memorandum signed this week, revised the uniform policy to set appearance standards for people seeking religious accommodations to wear beards, turbans and head scarfs.

January 5, 2017
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Cartoon: The Army Says Women Should Be Registered For The Draft

“You call that a push-up?”

February 5, 2016
Capt. Brian Kossler talks about the features of a M1A2 Abrams tank simulator on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Fort Riley in Kansas. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Army Begins Training For The Next War

Bread-and-butter skills are missing from today’s Army skills. So now leaders are training for a future that needs both high-tech skills and old-fashioned fighting.

June 1, 2015
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Obama Warns Of Threat That Climate Change Poses To National Security

Obama addresses climate change and the graduating class of cadets at the Coast Guard Academy.

May 20, 2015
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Syria’s Assad Says He’s ‘Not Worried’ Despite Battlefield Setbacks

Assad, the Syrian leader embroiled in sectarian battles and a civil war, addressed the nation on the national holiday of Marty’s Day, saying the state and army are still strong.

May 6, 2015
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Netanyahu’s ‘No-Palestinian-State’ Vow Raises Questions About Security Coordination

Since Bibi’s rejection of a two-state solution, a majority of Palestinians doubt whether their security forces should coordinate with Israeli authorities.

March 31, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History Of Americans At War’

Senator John McCain and Mark Salter examine war as it was lived, fought, and endured on the ground.

January 3, 2015

Soldier Turned Gun On Herself, Early Reports Say

By W.J. Hennigan, Tribune Washington Bureau Fort Lee officials have issued an all-clear after the Army base reported there was an active shooter on its base in central Virginia. In a statement, the Army said first responders arrived Monday morning after a report of a female soldier with a gun inside the Combined Arms Support […]

August 25, 2014

General Dempsey: Army May Still Pursue Desertion Charge For Bergdahl

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times The Army may consider pursuing an investigation of possible charges of desertion or other violations by Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed Saturday after nearly five years in Taliban custody, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. Army General Martin Dempsey noted that U.S. military leaders […]

June 3, 2014

Thailand Army Criticized For ‘De Facto Coup’

By Gabrielle Paluch and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times BANGKOK — The Royal Thai Army’s imposition of martial law nationwide on Tuesday drew condemnations from human rights groups and thrust the Southeast Asian kingdom into deeper political uncertainty stemming from months of crippling anti-government protests. As Thai soldiers took up positions across Bangkok, the leadership of […]

May 20, 2014

Veterans Demand Action To Address Suicide Spike In Their Ranks

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former Marine Corporal Tyler Tannahill left his home in Overland Park, Kansas, to spend this week lobbying lawmakers in Washington to honor four fellow Marines who served alongside him in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who took their own lives. Retired Navy Commander Jeff Hensley, a jet fighter pilot […]

March 27, 2014

Higher Jobless Rates Reported For Iraq, Afghanistan Vets

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Military veterans are having better luck finding jobs, outpacing their civilian counterparts in many states, but younger former troops who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan still lag behind. Veterans in North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky are faring relatively well, while those in California, Idaho and Mississippi are […]

March 21, 2014

Army General Sinclair Tearfully Pleads With Judge At Sentencing

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, N.C. — His eyes red, his head bowed, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair strode uneasily to a courtroom lectern Wednesday and glanced up at a silver-haired military judge who will sentence him for offenses he admits he committed. Exactly two years had passed since a young Army captain […]

March 20, 2014

Army General Pleads Guilty In Sex Case, Says ‘I Failed Her’ As A Leader

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Brig. Gen. Jeffery Sinclair formally pleaded guilty Monday morning to maltreating a subordinate under his command, telling a military judge in halting voice that he deceived her during their illicit three-year affair and caused her “emotional distress.” Sinclair, one of only a handful of generals to […]

March 17, 2014

Brigadier General Sinclair Pleads Guilty To Inappropriate Relationships

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, NC — Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, one of the highest-ranking officers ever to face a court-martial, pleaded guilty at the start of his trial Thursday morning to several charges, including an illicit affair with a female captain, possessing pornography, impeding an investigation and pressuring other female officers […]

March 6, 2014

Military Judge Nixes Porn In Opening Of Brigadier General Sinclair’s Trial

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A military judge refused Wednesday to let prosecutors show pornographic images during opening statements in the sexual assault trial of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, the former deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The judge, Col. James L. Pohl, also ruled that prosecutors may […]

March 5, 2014
Military, Politics, Republican, Conservative, Identity, Hawks, Tea Party, Iraq War

Nearly One In Five Had Mental Illness Before Enlisting In Army, Study Says

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times Nearly one in five U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military’s assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8 percent of soldiers had thought about killing […]

March 4, 2014

MRAP, Maxx, And The Militarization Of Our Local Police Forces

What a Christmas little Bastrop had! It’s still a mystery how Santa Claus got it down the chimney, but Bastrop got a nifty present that most children could only dream about: A big honkin’, steel-clad, war toy called MRAP. But Bastrop is not a 6-year-old child, and an MRAP is not a toy. Bastrop is […]

January 8, 2014

Pentagon, Scarred By 9/11, Adapts To New Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Sept. 11 attacks transformed the Pentagon, ravaging the iconic building itself and setting the stage for two long and costly wars that reordered the way the American military fights. Compared with a decade ago, the military is bigger, more closely connected to the CIA, more practiced at taking on terrorists and […]

August 21, 2011

Army Suicide Rate Spikes In July

The barrage of unfortunate military news continues: According to a press release from the Department of Defense on Friday, the Army saw a high number of active-duty soldier suicides in July. Three suicides have been confirmed, and the Army is investigating 19 other suspected suicides. This marks a jump from June, in which the Army […]

August 15, 2011

Army Hires More Counselors, But Soldiers Still Struggling

The past decade of war has significantly altered the global landscape, but it has also had a less obvious effect on soldiers’ mental health. The Army has posted 130 new job openings this week in an effort to increase its staff of substance abuse counselors by about 30 percent. While most people consider employment opportunities […]

August 3, 2011