Marines will be forced to wait for promotions starting in 2020
Immanuel Johnson Stars and Stripes Most Marines will have to serve longer before they’re eligible to reach the ranks of sergeant and staff sergeant, beginning Jan. 1. Corporals will need at least four years of time in service to be promoted to sergeant, while sergeants must have served in... Read more
Two more soldiers suffering from vaping-related injuries, Army issues warning
Martin Egnash Stars and Stripes Two active duty soldiers have been treated for vaping-related lung injuries, the Army said Thursday as it issued a new warning to servicemembers to lay off electronic cigarettes. “Until we know more, everyone is encouraged not to use e-cigarette or vaping products,” the Army... Read more
New swag: Air Force cadets get new camouflage pattern uniform
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes Air Force recruits in basic training are now being issued the new Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, which is part of a larger change in uniforms throughout the service. Initial-entry airmen at the 37th Training Wing in Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, were the first... Read more
Navy no longer issuing shaving waivers, says whiskers can interfere with breathing devices
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Navy will no longer issue permanent shaving waivers for sailors diagnosed with razor bumps because whiskers can hinder the effectiveness of breathing devices, the service announced Friday. “First and foremost, this change is about safety of our sailors and reducing the risk... Read more
Another one bites the dust: Army ditching “gravel camo” after just 14 years
The Army’s “gravel camo” is gone forever- and U.S. Soldiers of the past, present and future couldn’t be happier. Known as the Universal Camouflage Pattern, the grey-green pixelated pattern was adopted against all advice in 2005 and remained the standard pattern until 2014. During its time as the U.S.... Read more
No more blue: Navy dropping ‘blueberry’ camo uniforms for good
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Sailors’ last day to wear a blue camouflage uniform beloved by some and derided by others is here. The Type I Navy Working Uniform, dubbed the “blueberry,” will no longer be authorized for wear as of Tuesday, according to a timeline sent out by... Read more
Army releases new fitness test requirements, will go in effect next year
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes To ace the new Army Combat Fitness Test, a soldier would need to deadlift 340 pounds, launch a medicine ball 12.5 meters backwards, complete 60 hand-release pushups, finish the new sprint-drag-carry event in 1:33 minutes, execute 20 hanging leg tucks and run two miles... Read more
Army issues warning about potential mass shooting incidents with release of upcoming “Joker” movie
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Military commanders in Oklahoma were warned of the potential threat of violence at the theatrical release of the upcoming “Joker” movie, though law enforcement officials are not sure which theaters may be affected. An Army Criminal Investigation Command memo issued Monday put commanders at... Read more
DoD tweets photo of B-2 bomber, says it’s the last thing millennials will see if they raid Area 51
David Matthews New York Daily News The Department of Defense issued an apology Saturday after it posted a tweet that suggested that any “millennials” who raided Area 51 this weekend would be bombed. The tweeted was posted by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDSHub), a DoD media service,... Read more
Colt says it will only sell AR-15 to military & police forces, ends public sales
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Gunmaker Colt announced Thursday that it was discontinuing retail sales of its AR-15 line of semi-automatic rifles. The company will continue to manufacture the rifles for the military and law enforcement agencies, Dennis Veilleux, Colt’s president and CEO, said in a statement. The high-velocity... Read more
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