Survey: Military families disappointed with on-post housing, DoD trying to fix issues
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Army families are less satisfied with living conditions in on-post housing than they were last year, according to a pair of surveys that service officials sent out in January as they work to address ongoing problems reported in residences run by private management companies.... Read more
Air Force adds hand-to-hand combat as requirement during basic training
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes Changes to Air Force basic training this summer include switching to the M4 carbine from the M16 and an increased emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting skills. Training on the M4 is part of an emphasis on preparing new airmen for deployment into areas of potential... Read more
Pentagon: Rapid rise in people dying due to heat illness during training
David Matthews New York Daily News The military has a climate change problem. As global temperatures rise, the number of heat-related illness diagnoses of active-duty service members is rising as well, according to military data. Statistics show a 60% increase of heatstroke or heat exhaustion cases between 2008 and... Read more
VA is banning smoking for everyone except their employees
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes The Department of Veterans Affairs announced its health care facilities will soon be “smoke-free,” though a smoking ban set to take effect Oct. 1 does not apply to employees, the agency clarified Friday. While veterans, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors will be prohibited from... Read more
House bill wants DoD to stop using Confederate symbols and names
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes The Defense Department might be prohibited from naming assets after Confederate symbols should an amendment added to the House defense budget make its way into the final version of the law. The amendment, added Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal... Read more
Do submariners father more daughters than sons? Study debunks common myth
Nancy Montgomery Stars and Stripes A new study has contradicted a widespread belief in the submarine community that submariners father more girls than do other servicemembers. The analysis published in the military’s most recent Medical Surveillance Monthly Report “found no evidence to suggest the offspring sex ratio of male... Read more
Military Leadership U: West Point continues to set the standard after 217 years
A starting point for some of America’s finest military leaders, The United States Military Academy boasts a proud tradition of being one of the finest and most exclusive learning institutions in the world today. Officially opened on July 4th, 1802, West Point boasts a 16,080-acre campus and is home... Read more
DoD could ban Navy SEALs from having pizza and beer, put them on keto diet
The Department of Defense has the audacity to think it can order you not to eat pizza and drink beer-and the Special Operations Command might be to blame. In the midst of plummeting retention rates within the individual services, a new proposal by SOCOM may bring rise a mandated... Read more
Marines offering pilots $280,000 bonus to fly fighter jets versus commercial planes
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Marine Corps is offering some of its aviators bonuses of up to $280,000 to remain in the service as the service looks to improve pilot retention, an issue the military has struggled with in recent years. The Marine Corps’ fiscal year 2020 aviation... Read more
Trump’s tweet calling Bowe Bergdahl a traitor may lead to his conviction being overturned
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Military appellate judges are considering a request to dismiss the convictions of former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a one-time Taliban captive who in 2017 pleaded guilty to charges that he deserted his post in Afghanistan and endangered his fellow troops. The U.S. Army Court... Read more
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