Rural living vets more likely to be prescribed opioids by the VA than city living counterpart
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Rural veterans are given almost a third more opioids than urban vets, according to a study that analyzed outpatient prescribing practices in 2016 by doctors within the Veterans Health Administration. While opioid prescribing by the VHA among rural veterans declined significantly from 2012 to... Read more
Army upping single soldier European & Japanese tours from two to three years
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Single-soldier tours in Europe and Japan will increase from two to three years in a move designed to save money and boost the combat readiness of overseas units, the Army said Tuesday. The policy change took effect June 1 and applies to all single... Read more
Laura Yeager is the first woman to command an Army Infantry Division
Blake Alsup New York Daily News Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager will make history when she becomes the first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division later this month. Yeager, who was once a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot and served in Iraq, will command the California National Guard’s... Read more
U.S. vets not getting special consideration from ICE before deportation
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t track how many veterans it deports or consider a person’s military service before deporting them, a federal watchdog agency reported Thursday. ICE policies require agents to consider veterans’ employment history, health, community service, deployments to war zones, military... Read more
President Trump says transgender military ban put in place because they “take massive amounts of drugs”
By Alex Wayne and Kitty Donaldson Bloomberg News President Donald Trump said his administration reinstituted a ban against most transgender people serving in the military because some of them take prescription medicine, claiming erroneously that the armed services prohibit drug use. Trump was asked why he implemented the ban,... Read more
Pentagon working to make DD-214 military discharge form available online, fully electronic
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Pentagon is working to make the standard military service discharge form — the DD-214 — fully electronic and looking to implement recommendations from a recent report that would include improving the accuracy and privacy of servicemembers records. The Pentagon’s Office of the... Read more
Navy wants to fill recruiting & other jobs by offering new promotion incentive
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes Sailors could qualify for alternative petty officer first class promotions if they fill recruiting and recruit training billets, under a new Navy incentive program likely to expand to other jobs. The new “advancement-to-position” opportunity for qualified petty officers second class was announced in a... Read more
Okinawa commander gives final during change-of-command ceremony: Don’t mess with U.S.-Japan alliance
Matthew M. Burke Stars and Stripes Before he headed to Washington for a new assignment, the outgoing III Marine Expeditionary Force commander left a stern warning for America’s potential adversaries in the Indo-Pacific region: do not test the U.S.-Japan alliance. Lt. Gen. Eric Smith made the comments after handing... Read more
Air Force Base suspends PT after second airman dies within a week
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., have suspended physical fitness testing after a second airman in less than a week died of health problems after completing a physical training assessment. Col. Derek O’Malley, the commander of Shaw’s 20th Fighter Wing, ordered the PT... Read more
‘Call of Duty’ maker wants Humvee lawsuit thrown out, calls it attack on First Amendment
The company behind the Call of Duty franchise is under fire by the maker of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), with the former party claiming the high-dollar lawsuit is an infringement of the First Amendment. The fracas came after AM General demanded an undisclosed monetary sum, seeking... Read more
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