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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]