Bill to boost pay, spousal aid, and housing takes another step in the Senate
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes A Senate panel on Thursday advanced the first draft of a $750 billion defense policy package, which includes a proposed 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers, new military housing protections and professional licensing opportunities for relocated spouses. The Senate Armed Services Committee rolled out... Read more
Military having a hard time recruiting, retaining soldiers
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes Despite retention and some recruitment gains, plenty of challenges remain for the military branches to adapt to an evolving economy and growing worker needs, the service chiefs said Thursday. They told a House Armed Services Committee subpanel examining the issue that they’ve installed a... Read more
Pentagon moving $1.5 billion to help build US-Mexico border wall
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will shift $1.5 billion from its 2019 budget, with more than half coming from support for Afghan security forces and a military retirement system, to help construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall, defense officials said Friday. The plans come nearly three months after... Read more
Second Lady Karen Pence pushing for new military spouse law
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes Andrea Krull has moved eight times since she married into the military. And each time, she is forced to restart her business as a public relations consultant, navigating a new set of state and local regulations to re-establish her firm. Krull, and her husband... Read more
Pentagon top officials defend move sending carrier and bombers to counter Iranian threat
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes The Pentagon’s two top officials on Wednesday defended a decision to dispatch the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf over the weekend to counter Iranian threats to U.S. forces in the region. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and... Read more
As Venezuela crisis deepens, military leaders say ‘all options are on the table’
VenezuelaClaudia Grisales and Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Pentagon leaders on Wednesday delivered a message to House lawmakers that U.S. military intervention is possible in Venezuela as the crisis in the South American country intensifies. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan on Wednesday also made a last-minute decision to cancel... Read more
Patients recount medical horrors under care of military doctors, with no legal recourse
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes A Green Beret’s terminal Stage IV cancer. An airmen’s routine appendectomy turns fatal. A judge advocate general suffers multiple miscarriages. This is a sample of medical cases gone awry under the care of military doctors. But it doesn’t stop there: Patients and their families... Read more
Space Force faces Senate panel’s skepticism, concerns
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes A Senate panel on Thursday raised a long list of reservations to a Trump administration plan to create Space Force as a new military branch that could require $500 million in annual funding. In their first hearing on the proposal, the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Commanders shouldn’t be part of sexual assault process, victim advocates say
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes Victim advocates and Democratic members of a House panel argued Tuesday that military commanders remain one of the biggest obstacles to combating sexual assault in the services. Despite incremental changes to the law and ramped-up focus, the military remains plagued with sexual misconduct allegations,... Read more
House denounces Trump transgender ban
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes (TNS) WASHINGTON — The House approved a resolution Thursday condemning a controversial Trump administration ban of transgender personnel in the military ahead of the plan’s potential implementation next month. The Democrat-controlled chamber approved the largely symbolic resolution in a vote of 238 to 185,... Read more

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