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  • Army Evaluates New Shoulder-Fired Rocket Tech

    10/21/2016 6:50:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | October 20, 2016 | Matt Cox
    The U.S. Army is testing new recoilless rifle technology designed give soldiers shoulder-fired rockets that are lighter and more ergonomic and in future, make them safe to fire in tight urban spaces. Testers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland are evaluating upgrades to the M3 recoilless rifle, also known as the Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System, or MAAWS. The improvements will make it more ergonomic, six pounds lighter and shorter.
  • The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus Store

    10/13/2016 4:19:09 PM PDT · by vannrox · 76 replies
    The Art of Manliness ^ | Oct 11, 2016 05:05 pm | By Brett and Kate McKay
    The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus StoreBy Brett and Kate McKay on Oct 11, 2016 05:05 pm You’ve probably been to an army surplus store.They all look pretty much the same wherever you live. Surplus stores can be found in strip malls in the rough part of town or as stand-alone warehouse-style buildings with corrugated metal roofing and very few windows. They’re easy to miss while driving because they typically only announce themselves with a small yellow sign emblazoned with “Army Surplus” in black lettering.When you walk in, your nose is met with that distinct army surplus...
  • Forgotten story of Polish nuns gang-raped and made pregnant by advancing Soviet troops [tr}

    10/02/2016 10:16:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 80 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 2, 2016 | Darren Boyle
    As Hitler's troops withdrew from Poland in 1945, Stalin's Red Army advanced towards Berlin. Instead of liberation, the Soviet troops raped and pillaged as they followed the retreating Nazis.  In January 1945, as the war continued, French authorities sent Dr Madeleine Pauliac to Moscow to assist with the efforts to repatriate any French prisoners of war discovered by the Soviets.
  • Two Army generals have been relieved of their duties

    09/24/2016 5:03:41 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 53 replies
    washington post ^ | Sept 23 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    An Army National Guard brigadier general assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a major general in charge of a Kansas-based infantry division have been recently relieved of their duties, according to a report in USA Today and an Army statement released Friday. Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck is accused of having an extramarital affair — a violation of military law if proven true — and is being investigated, according to the USA Today report. Bobeck has been reassigned from his post on the Joint Chiefs pending the results of the investigation. The report also indicated that Bobeck had a...
  • First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course

    09/15/2016 12:22:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2016 | Alex Quade
    The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned. The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.
  • VIDEO: Discovery Shares First Look at 5-Part War Documentary TAKING FIRE

    09/13/2016 8:45:47 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    Broadway World ^ | Sep 13, 2016
    VIDEO: Discovery Shares First Look at 5-Part War Documentary TAKING FIRE September 13,2016 by BWW News Desk Discovery's five-part war documentary series TAKING FIRE premieres September 13th at 10/9c. Check out a first look below! TAKING FIRE is a five-part series bringing viewers into the hearts and minds of American soldiers, a captivating experience like nothing ever seen on film. The series is the story of a band of brothers deployed to defend one of the United States' farthest flung outposts at the gateway to one of the deadliest places on earth: the mouth of the Taliban-held Korengal Valley in...

    09/04/2016 6:43:54 PM PDT · by WHATNEXT? · 68 replies
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  • 10 Fascinating Facts About The Ancient Roman Army

    09/04/2016 10:22:30 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 40 replies
    List Verse ^ | Sept. 4, 2016 | CRISTIAN VIOLATTI
    Rome’s all-conquering military machine holds a special place in our minds. Its efficiency and discipline made a small city on the Italian peninsula rule over most of the Western world, from the British Isles to the Near East and from the Rhine to North Africa. This list offers some interesting facts about the Roman army, some of which can explain part of its success and also its failures. 10 Seasonality And War During the Romans’ early history, the logistical challenges of conducting a war meant that the Romans only fought between sowing and harvest (during the summer). Rome was an...

    08/27/2016 5:36:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Donald J Trump ^ | 08/27/16
    Today Clinton Receives Her First Classified Intelligence Briefing:Today Hillary Clinton Will Receive Her First Classified National Security Briefing At An FBI Facility In White Plains, New York. “Hillary Clinton arrived Saturday morning at the FBI's satellite office in suburban New York City for her first national security briefing as the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton arrived at the office in White Plains, New York, which is roughly 20 minutes from her Chappaqua home, about 9 a.m. Her campaign has not said who is attending the meeting with her..” (Josh Haskell, “Hillary Clinton Arrives at FBI Office for 1st Classified Briefing as...
  • American Artillery is Pounding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    08/26/2016 12:06:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 26, 2016 | Kevin Knodell
    It was a chilly and damp autumn day on Nov. 9, 2015, as members of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery’s Bravo Battery — the “Dragon Slayers” — stood in formation before their families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. “The Dragon Slayers are going to one of the most complex and volatile regions on Earth,” Col. Joseph McCallion told the soldiers and their families. “Iraq.”
  • Army Officially Declared Hillary Clinton An “Insider Threat”

    08/26/2016 10:14:54 AM PDT · by Syncro · 27 replies
    usasupreme ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Alex
    Army Officially Declared Hillary Clinton An “Insider Threat” An Army training presentation lists the woman who could be the next commander in chief as an insider threat, underneath the sailor who carried out the Navy Yard shooting.A photo posted to the U.S. Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page on Sunday shows an unclassified Army training slide on insider threats and handling classified information. An Army spokesman has since confirmed that the image is authentic.On the slide are six photos, including one of Hillary Clinton, who sent classified information using her personal server. The other photos show retired Gen. David Petraeus,...
  • U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds

    08/19/2016 5:16:51 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2016 | Scot J. Paltrow
    The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced. The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.
  • A Chilling Letter From an NCO Calling It Quits

    08/12/2016 10:57:50 AM PDT · by RedWulf · 64 replies
    Barnhardt blog. ^ | August 1, 2016. | Barnhardt
    Ann, I leave the Army for good in September of this year. My chain of command has been shell shocked that I am going through with it. Two years ago when I first came to grips with what was happening and resolved to no longer be a part of it, there was derision and even an officer telling me that voicing my opinions about the state of the US economy and its moral failings could be considered a violation of the UCMJ for conduct “prejudicial to good order and discipline.” When I gave my Operations NCO a copy of the...
  • A First: U.S. Special Ops On-Ground in Libya

    08/10/2016 8:26:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 22 replies ^ | 10-08-2016 | Spec Ops
    For the first time, elite U.S. Special Operations troops are directly helping fighters combat against ISIS in Libya with on-site support, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. and Libyan officials. A small group of U.S. Special Operations forces are operating together with UK troops in Sirte, a city on the Libyan coast and ISIS’ de facto capital in North Africa. The role of the U.S. troops is limited to backing forces loyal to Libya’s unity Government of National Accord (GNA), The Post noted, quoting U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Last week, the U.S. launched precision...
  • Army Maj. Gen. found dead in home two days before assuming new command

    08/02/2016 3:53:19 PM PDT · by amorphous · 55 replies
    PopularMilitary.Com ^ | 2 August 2016 | Michael Swaney
    The former commander of the the Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Oklahoma was found dead in his on-post home at Redstone Arsenal on Sunday. Maj. Gen. John Rossi, 55, had just arrived Redstone Arsena to take over as the commander of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command since relinquishing command of Fort Sill on July 21st, according to KSWO. Rossi and his family only moved into their house on-post less than two weeks ago, according to John Cummings, a spokesman for Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Today, he was scheduled to be promoted to...
  • A Chilling Letter From an NCO Calling It Quits

    08/01/2016 8:43:18 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 43 replies ^ | August 1, 2016 | Ann Barnhardt
    Ann, I leave the Army for good in September of this year. My chain of command has been shell shocked that I am going through with it. Two years ago when I first came to grips with what was happening and resolved to no longer be a part of it, there was derision and even an officer telling me that voicing my opinions about the state of the US economy and its moral failings could be considered a violation of the UCMJ for conduct “prejudicial to good order and discipline.” When I gave my Operations NCO a copy of the...
  • Weapons stolen from arms room on US military base in Stuttgart

    07/31/2016 6:18:00 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 33 replies ^ | July 29 2016 | John Vandiver
    STUTTGART, Germany — Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the theft of guns and other military equipment from a base arms room in Stuttgart, military officials said. “Several semi-automatic pistols, one small-caliber automatic rifle and a shotgun were among the items taken,” said Chris Grey, a CID spokesman. The Army did not identify all the items stolen or the unit targeted, citing the active investigation. A possible breach of the base fence is also part of the ongoing probe. “We are looking at all possibilities as the investigation continues, but at this point in the...
  • Chelsea Manning faces charges, solitary confinement after suicide attempt (PV1 Bradley Manning)

    07/28/2016 11:26:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nicky Woolf
    Chelsea Manning may face charges relating to a suicide attempt this year, which could lead to indefinite solitary confinement or transferral to a maximum-security facility, according to a civil rights group. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced on Thursday that Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence in military custody for leaking state secrets to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, was under investigation for three charges related to her 5 July suicide attempt: “resisting the force cell move team”, “prohibited property”, and “conduct which threatens”. Manning confirmed through her lawyers in July that she was receiving medical care after having...
  • Two South Carolina Soldiers Killed Defending Woman at Bar, Suspect Charged

    07/26/2016 2:58:34 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | Jul 26 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    The military was mourning two soldiers Tuesday who were fatally shot while trying to protect a woman from a gun-toting man in a South Carolina bar. Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Sgt. First Class Jonathan Michael Prins, 29, "were acting as good Samaritans when they were shot," said Capt. Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Joseph Elijah Mills, 25, is charged with two counts of murder in Lexington County, South Carolina. Lexington County Sheriff's Office And they paid for their bravery with their lives. "We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt....
  • Libya’s Oil Deal Turns Sour As Army Chief Threatens To Bomb Tankers

    07/26/2016 11:51:49 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 26-07-2016 | 26-07-2016
    The chief of staff of the Libyan army has warned foreign companies the army will fire at any non-Libyan tanker entering the country’s territorial waters. The warning comes after a spike in tensions in Libya brought about by a controversial deal struck by the so-called government of unity and the Libyan Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG). Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) firmly believes the deal, struck by the UN-backed government and the PFG to reopen key ports was a mistake, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a letter to UN’s envoy to Libya Martin Kobler and to oil and diplomatic officials....
  • Soldiers’ Union: Only German Citizens Should Serve

    07/14/2016 8:55:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 14, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    A German soldiers’ union has come out against proposed plans to allow non-German citizens into the Bundeswehr which could hamper plans for a European Union (EU) army.
  • Officers Start Arresting I-94 Protesters (BLM MN)

    07/09/2016 7:56:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 143 replies ^ | 7/9/16 | Ellie Herman
    Police started arresting protesters who shut down parts of Interstate 94 following the death of Philando Castile. Hundreds of protesters marched from the Governor's residence and crossed I-94, blocking off the freeway in both directions. State Patrol officers redirected motor traffic as they cut off I-94 entrances at Dale Street. Protesters are throwing objects at officers and one officer was injured from a thrown firework, according to SPPD. One protester was using a laser sight and pointing it at officers. St. Paul Police Department officers are using glass balls with smoke, not tear gas, on I-94. Police officers on I-94...
  • CBS: Army recommended disciplinary discharge for Dallas shooter (sexual harassment)

    07/09/2016 7:55:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 9, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    After initial reports of multiple snipers in the Dallas massacre on Thursday night, it became apparent that the mass murderer was one man — a former soldier named Micah Xavier Johnson. How did a decorated Afghanistan combat veteran end up among the worst of police assassins in US history? CBS News dug into Johnson’s background, and found a disturbing decline in his behavior, but nothing that would have warned law enforcement of the imminent threat:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) This video report has less information than the accompanying article. As it turns out, the Army booted him out of Afghanistan for serious misconduct —...
  • Dallas sniper was sent home from Afghanistan over sexually harassing a female soldier

    07/09/2016 8:34:57 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 37 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 9, 2016 | By Khaleda Rahman
    Dallas sniper was sent home from Afghanistan over sexually harassing a female soldier then 'got in touch with bad folks and went all Black Panther' Micah Johnson killed five officers and wounded seven more on Thursday Johnson, 25, served in the Army Reserve as a private first class from 2009 In May 2014, he was accused of sexual harassment by a female soldier Army sent him home, recommending an 'other than honorable discharge' He was described as a loner who followed black militant groups online They included the African American Defense League and the New Black Panther Party The Dallas...
  • Openly Trans Soldier Speaks: ‘I Feel Liberated’ by the End of Pentagon’s Transgender Ban

    07/01/2016 10:14:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 30, 2016 | Nancy A. Youseff
    Even before the U.S. military ended its ban Thursday on transgender service members openly serving, Army Sgt. Ken Ochoa, 26, already knew what it meant to openly serve. Ochoa, who joined the military in 2010, transitioned in 2014, well before the military considered lifting the ban. He heard that other troops had made the transition and discovered an inner peace that came with the change. So he made the decision to follow suit, knowing he would silently become a different person before his fellow soldiers, his company commander, and his friends around the base.
  • Unspecified 'threat' prompts lockdown at Camp Parks

    06/21/2016 12:03:42 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 13 replies
    KTVU ^ | June 21, 2016
    Authorities placed the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, also known as Camp Parks, on lockdown Thursday morning while authorities investigated a threat received by the U.S. Army training facility.
  • Happy Birthday to the US Army!

    06/14/2016 5:22:06 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 14 replies
    June 14, 2016 | Rfreedom4u
    Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries. The U.S. Army's 241st Birthday is June 14, 2016, a day we celebrate the Total Army Force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians and their contributions to national defense. The American Soldier trains, deploys, engages, and destroys enemies of the United States in combat operations as the world's premier land force.
  • Who Will Replace the Beretta M9 as the Official U.S. Army Sidearm? 20 Contenders Become 3

    06/08/2016 9:17:22 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 88 replies
    For nearly two years now, the U.S. Army has been trying to replace its Beretta M9 service weapon -- and believe it or not, the Army is finally starting to make some progress. Slow progress, to be sure, but progress nonetheless. Last week, the military hardware specialists at IHS Jane's reported that out of the 20 industry teams previously believed to be interested in selling the Army a new Modular Handgun System (MHS), only a dozen actually submitted bids in response to the Army's official Request for Proposals. From these, the Army expects to "downselect" just three finalists in August....
  • Women in the Combat Arms: The Greatest Disaster in US Military History

    06/04/2016 8:10:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 70 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Operation You Go Girl is destined to fail; failure defined not as a NO GO, or an F, but as the nation’s young women flown home in flag draped Glad Bags when the nation loses the next war(s). When this happens, the Hollywood producers, the feminists and the cultural Marxists who were responsible for forcing the nation’s women to experience the horrors of ground combat will scratch their heads and wonder why reality is so much different from their imaginary ideas of women in combat. Think about this: US defense policy is now being run on a fantasy propagated by...
  • Joe Bruno on Boxing – Muhammad Ali is Not a Hero.

    06/04/2016 8:42:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 156 replies
    Joe Bruno On Boxing ^ | June 4, 2016 | Joe Bruno
    Joe Bruno on Boxing – Muhammad Ali is Not a Hero. Muhammad Ali passed away Friday night, June 3, 2016. I wrote the article below around the year 2000. I got to know him fairly well in the 1980’s, when I was Vice President of the Boxing Writers Association. He was a real friendly man, and we had several nice conversations about what I have written below. Still, his death doesn’t change what he was, and what he did early in his career. It is with a sad heart that I stand by what is written below. It’s just the...
  • Boykin bounced: Fort Riley cancels Delta Force hero's prayer breakfast speech

    06/03/2016 4:05:38 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 19 replies
    Faux ^ | 6/2/16 | Todd Starnes
    A Kansas military base abruptly canceled an upcoming prayer breakfast that featured retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin after complaints were lodged that Boykin is anti-Muslim and anti-gay. Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein told Army Times that Boykin’s invitation had caused great angst among soldiers at Fort Riley – leading some to break down in tears. “I have clients of ours weeping on the phone about this,” he said. Weeping? Oh, please. “I sincerely doubt that America can expect to win wars if the people who are tasked to do so are frightened by an old retired general with...
  • 3 soldiers die, 6 missing after crash at Fort Hood low-water crossing

    6:41 p.m. update: The bodies of three soldiers have been recovered from a swollen creek, and rescuers are searching for six more soldiers, after a troop carrier overturned at a low water crossing nearon Fort Hood Thursday morning. Three other soldiers are in stable condition after being rescued from the water near the overturned vehicle at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road. The soldiers were riding in a light medium tactical unit and taking part in training exercises at the time of the incident, said Fort Hood spokeswoman Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt. ....The six missing soldiers...
  • The US Army of 2016: High Drag and Low Speed

    06/01/2016 1:54:49 PM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 1, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The Army, to quote that age old sage of wisdom, 173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam combat vet, Master Sergeant Jimmy Busby, is in Deep Kimchee. A correlation of forces are converging to create an Army that has severe personnel problems, limited knowledge of armored warfare, low morale, while also being eaten alive by severe social changes that are unprecedented in the history of the lean green machine. Under the Fiscal Year 2017 President’s Budget Proposal, recently released by the DoD, the active duty Army will be reduced from 475,000 to 460,000 in the next year. Army Reserve levels will drop from...
  • US army may soon use Israeli-designed ‘suicide drones’

    06/01/2016 2:26:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/01/2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Will the United States start using Israeli suicide drones? It might, after Israeli defense company UVision teamed up with US defense giant Raytheon, to adapt the Israeli-designed Hero-30 remotely-operated loitering munition to US military requirements. Now, both companies are jointly offering it to American infantry forces for use on future battlefields. Yair Dubester, Director of UVision, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the Hero 30, if acquired by the US, would appear in potential future combat zones around the globe. Unlike larger suicide drones, the Hero 30 is designed for individual soldier use. Each soldier can carry up to...
  • Ceremony honors fallen Signal Corps soldier

    05/27/2016 8:39:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    FORT HUACHUCA — “We will never forget,” Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., told an audience of soldiers and civilians attending the annual Signal Cove of Remembrance observance Thursday morning at the Network Enterprise Technology Command on Fort Huachuca. It was the first time in the eight years since the cove was established that the annual ceremony did not add the name of another fallen soldier to the memorial, which is located just inside Greely Hall at the entrance to NETCOM. “Today’s ceremony is a time for all of us to remember the 101 signal soldiers and civilians who sacrificed...
  • The Army Is Bringing Back a 70-Year-Old Gun for New Fights [Karl Gustav]

    05/25/2016 6:04:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 23, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The United States Army will soon begin distributing a weapon system introduced in 1946. The M3 Carl Gustav rocket launcher will bolster the firepower of rifle platoons, giving them a much-needed edge. Developed by Bofors (now Saab), the Carl Gustav is a lightweight, man-portable recoilless rifle. Recoilless rifles are like a cross between an artillery gun and a bazooka: While they have propellant at the base of the projectile like a rocket, the propellant doesn't burn beyond the barrel, meaning the projectile flies unpowered like a bullet or artillery shell. Unlike artillery, propellant gasses are directed backwards, counteracting the weapon's...
  • Senate approves first openly gay Army secretary

    05/17/2016 10:10:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action Blog ^ | May 17, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate approved Eric Fanning to lead the Army on Tuesday, giving the military branch its first openly gay secretary. The Senate confirmed Fanning by unanimous consent after his nomination had been held in limbo for months because of a fight over the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) said Tuesday that he had dropped his hold on Fanning's nomination because the "clock has run out" for the president to move Guantánamo Bay detainees into the United States. The Pentagon previously sent teams to Kansas to examine potential alternatives for housing Guantánamo Bay detainees. "My issue has never...
  • Disagreements slow Pentagon’s plan to allow transgender service members

    05/16/2016 11:23:41 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 26 replies ^ | 5/15/16 | Dan Lamothe
    Months before Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said the Pentagon would take steps toward allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King last year became what she believes is the first openly transgender member of the infantry. While official Pentagon policy still forbids openly transgender personnel, her commanders have been supportive, she said. King even purchased a female dress Army service uniform, anticipating that she would be able to wear it soon. “I made a decision that owning that uniform was important to me, and I believe that our leadership is going to do...
  • Report: Army at Smallest Since WWII

    05/08/2016 12:24:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Newsmaax ^ | 5/8/16 | Cathy Burke
    The Army's active force has shrunk to its lowest level since before World War II, Army Times reported Saturday. According to the military's headcount by the Defense Manpower Data Center, nearly 2,600 soldiers left active duty in March without being replaced, the news outlet reports, adding that during the past year, the size of the active forced has been reduced by 16,548 soldiers. At the end of March, there were 479,172 active-duty soldiers – 154 fewer than when the Army halted its post-Cold War drawdown in 1999, the smallest force since the 1940 count of 269,023 soldiers, Army Times reports.
  • West Point investigating photo of cadets with raised fists [#BLM]

    05/06/2016 7:13:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    The United States Military Academy at West Point said Wednesday that an investigation is underway regarding a photograph that shows 16 black cadets in uniform posing with their fists in the air. “We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” West Point’s director of public affairs, Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, told Army Times on Wednesday. “Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter.
  • German army forced to lay down weapons due to 'overtime limits'

    05/04/2016 8:54:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 10, 2016 | Justin Huggler
    The German military, once the most feared fighting force in Europe, is being forced to lay down its weapons by restrictive new overtime limits. German soldiers taking part in a four-week Nato exercise in Norway earlier this year had to leave after just 12 days because they had gone over their overtime limits, it has emerged.
  • Our Muslim Commander in Chief Finally Embarrassed Into Doing the Right Thing

    04/30/2016 7:57:03 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 22 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 29, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week, in a surprising reversal, the U.S. Army decided to retain SFC Charles Martland in the Armed Services of the United States. The decorated Green Beret survived a long-term effort by the Army to kick him out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander pedophile. The incident occurred in northern Afghanistan in 2011. Since that time, the Army has tried to administratively remove SFC Martland from the Armed services. In a telephone interview, Martland told Fox News: "I am real thankful for being able to continue to serve." He loves his job and the Army and Martland expressed...
  • AVX reveals new attack helicopter configuration for FVL Light

    04/30/2016 4:52:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 30 April 2016 | JAMES DREW
    AVX Aircraft of Benbrook, Texas has responded to the US Army’s request for information on the smallest of five planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capability sets with two 7.5t (16,700lb) winged coaxial compound helicopter configurations that the company’s chief executive describes as vertical takeoff fighter aircraft for light reconnaissance, attack, assault and medical evacuation missions. The baseline swept-wing, 13.4m (44ft) diametre rotor concept would be powered by two 3,000shp Improved Turbine Technology Programme (ITEP) engines and is designed to meet a demanding set of core requirements proposed by the US Army in its “Capability Set 1” RFI document. The requirements...
  • Corporal Klinger is now SOP in the US Military

    04/29/2016 10:01:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the hit 1970’s comedy, MASH, Corporal Max Klinger was a street savvy enlisted man from Toledo, Ohio, who had one goal; to return home in one piece with a Section 8 Psycho Discharge, courtesy of Army psychiatrists. Klinger’s modus operandi was to pose as a woman, outfitted in the latest 1950’s fashions he had purchased from the Spiegel Catalog. Klinger was not really transgender or transsexual, he was just a guy who wanted OUT, out of the Army. The hilarity ensued as he came up with scheme after scheme to escape the lean green machine with a Section 8,...
  • In Dramatic Reversal, Army Retains Green Beret (short)

    04/29/2016 7:33:07 AM PDT · by rjsimmon · 19 replies
    TownHall ^ | 29 Apr 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Army on Thursday announced its decision to retain Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, who was ordered discharged last year after he roughed up a local Afghan police commander for repeatedly raping a little boy and then beating his mother. Outrage against the Army’s actions rightfully ensued after the incident, since the Green Beret had served honorably for more than 11 years and most would argue that taking a stand against a child rapist was the right thing to do, morally speaking.
  • Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist

    04/28/2016 5:43:00 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days. *snip* "In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army," said Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk.
  • The US Army's first ever female infantry officer who could be leading 150 soldiers into battle ..

    04/28/2016 12:32:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-28-16 | Charlie Moore
    Captain Kristen Griest will become America's first ever female Army infantry officer as she graduates from training today. She has completed the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, passing a two-month leadership course necessary for holding a command position. Captain Griest has already completed Ranger and Airborne School and could take charge of her infantry unit of about 150 soldiers in Spring next year.
  • The Real Redcoats: How the British fought the American Revolution—bravely

    04/28/2016 8:03:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 103 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 28, 2016 | Alan Pell Crawford
    A few paces west of the public beach in Yorktown, Virginia, is a little cave looking out toward the water. We all know Yorktown from history class. This is where, in October 1781, the British army commanded by Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans under General George Washington and the French under the Comte de Rochambeau. It’s not much of a cave, really, but tourists by the thousands stop to peep into it, as they have for more than two centuries. It is known to this day as “Cornwallis’s Cave,” and for most of our history visitors have been told...
  • Army 2016 Weapons Handbook

    04/25/2016 12:55:26 PM PDT · by Purdue77 · 27 replies
    Military.Com ^ | 4/25/2016
    The U.S. Army has released its 2016 Weapons Systems Handbook, which is available at For more on military equipment, including weapons, visit's Equipment Guide.
  • Army continues to stall Congressman on release of records for female Ranger School grads

    04/23/2016 8:39:45 PM PDT · by pboyington · 47 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 23, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Sources inside Congressman Steve Russell’s (R., OK) office informed US Defense Watch this week that the Congressman had received no new information from the US Army concerning his request for the records of the three female Ranger School graduates, Captain Griest, First Lieutenant Haver and Major Jaster, the so-called Mommy Ranger. Seven months later and the US Army and the Pentagon are still refusing to turn over the Ranger School records of the three female graduates. For those who haven’t followed the story, here’s a summary of the events leading up to the present time. Captain Kristen Griest and First...