USO set to close Rome Center, its first after WWII
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes In the street outside the USO center near St. Peter’s Square, crowds celebrated Italian Liberation Day, but the mood inside was somber among staffers who recently learned the facility will close after more than 70 years of operation. The jubilant holiday fests in late... Read more
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
Army developing modified fitness test for injured soldiers
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes The Army is developing alternative aerobic events for soldiers whose injuries prevent them from fully participating in its new combat fitness test, the service said in a statement on Monday. By the fall of 2020, the Army Combat Fitness Test will be required Armywide... 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
Proposed bill would allow Congress to intervene in sexual assault cases
By Emily Kopp CQ-Roll Call Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Mast. The Florida Republican in late April introduced “Harmony’s Law,” named after his... Read more
Immigrant soldiers fighting for the US are denied citizenship more often than civilians
By Tara Copp McClatchy Washington Bureau Immigrants serving in the U.S. military are being denied citizenship at a higher rate than foreign-born civilians, according to new government data that has revealed the impact of stricter Trump administration immigration policies on service members. According to the same data, the actual... Read more
Navy will monitor fitness tests more closely after four recruits die within the last year
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The Navy ordered sailors to watch fitness test participants more closely for signs of distress and allow do-overs for those having a “bad day,” following a string of deaths over the past year including two young female recruits who collapsed during the tests Four... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for May 10th, 2019
This week’s images show us a pair of victories, two types of fires, and a first-person view of the new F-35A. For 13 years the Army has given away the Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers trophy to the best Sapper, and in this photo by Micahel Curtis, we watch... Read more
VA under pressure from lawmakers to make new GI Bill deadline
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes Department of Veterans Affairs officials tried to assuage doubts from House lawmakers Thursday about the agency’s ability to successfully implement changes to veterans’ education benefits later this year. Following a missed deadline in the fall, the VA set a new expectation to have the... Read more
President Trump removes interim tag Secretary of Defense and makes Pat Shanahan appointment permanent
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Pat Shanahan, who has led the Pentagon on an interim basis since January, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to take over as defense secretary permanently, the White House announced Thursday. “President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan as Secretary of Defense,”... Read more
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