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  • Pentagon To Sell-Off Its AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter Fleet

    01/23/2018 7:50:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | January 19, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg—Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Co The Department of Defense plans on putting its surplus fleet of AH-1W Super Cobras up for sale on the international arms market. The news comes as the USMC continues to outfit its light attack helicopter squadrons with new-build AH-1Z "Viper" derivatives of the Bell design, which traces its roots directly to the iconic UH-1 Iroquois/Huey. A recent business opportunity posting over at Fedbizops.gov describes the need for flight and maintenance training, sustainment, and refitting "Whisky Cobras" with new commercially available off-the-shelf avionics upgrades in preparation for foreign transfers of the type...
  • Transgender people cleared to join military, for now [Sign-ups legal starting January 1]

    01/02/2018 2:24:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/31/17 | Ass Press
    ....Justice Department has made clear its proposed ban on transgender military recruits is on hold, meaning their enlistment can start Monday. ...Justice Department isn’t dropping its court fight to institute the ban on transgender enlistment but said Friday it would wait for a Pentagon study... ...Pentagon said then that it would allow transgender enlistment to start...
  • Appeals court declines to stop order requiring military to enlist transgender men and women

    12/21/2017 12:16:52 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/2017 | Ann E. Marimow
    A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to delay a requirement that the U.S. military begin enlisting qualified transgender men and women for the first time starting Jan. 1. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit refused to grant the Trump administration’s request to temporarily block an earlier order that the military accept transgender recruits, potentially propelling the issue to the Supreme Court in the coming days. The ruling was another legal blow for the president, who surprised military leaders when he announced in July in a series of tweets that the U.S. government “will not accept or...
  • Pentagon says transgender people can elist in military despite Trump opposition

    12/11/2017 10:23:03 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 80 replies
    Star Tribune/AP ^ | 12/11/2017 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A Pentagon official tells The Associated Press that transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services. Maj. David Eastburn says the...
  • Army: no waivers for self-mutilators, others with serious mental health issues

    11/15/2017 3:30:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/15/17 | Corey Dickstein
    The U.S. Army has not and will not approve enlistment waivers for individuals with a history of self-mutilation or other documented serious mental health conditions, the Army’s top general said Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff, said recruitment standards have not been adjusted to meet hefty accession goals as the service looks to grow its force for the second consecutive year, calling a USA Today report that indicated the service would accept some individuals with past mental health issues “mischaracterized.” The report cited internal Army documents and listed conditions including self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression or drug or...
  • Federal Judge rules Trump must let transgenders serve

    10/30/2017 10:01:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 107 replies
    AP ^ | 10/30/17
    BREAKING: US court bars Trump from changing military policy on service by transgender people.
  • Too fat to fight: Colorado nonprofit says military threatened by childhood obesity

    10/15/2017 1:29:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/15/17 | Tom Roeder
    Even the kids in America's fittest state are too fat to fight their nation's wars, a pro-military nonprofit argues in a new study. The military has long bemoaned America's tubby youth, and the Council for a Strong America says Colorado is part of the problem, with more than 27 percent of the state's children categorized as overweight. "Low levels of physical activity and the obesity epidemic are contributing to an unprecedented readiness problem for our armed forces," the nonprofit said. Those extra candy bars compound a complex problem for military recruiting. Between other health issues, criminal records and other troubles...
  • The Storm Gathers and America is Unready

    10/11/2017 10:17:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | 10/11/17 | Dakota L. Wood
    Winston Churchill summarized the theme of his seminal history of World War II as “[h]ow the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness, and good nature allowed the wicked to rearm.”His first volume, The Gathering Storm, recounted many instances of failure among the leading figures of the 1930s to appreciate the growing danger of Hitler’s rise to power. Churchill’s history highlighted how the good intentions and virtuous character of Britain, France, and the United States hindered them from taking actions that could very well have prevented a war that claimed the lives of some 60 million people. He marveled at [how]...
  • Senate won’t confirm Trump’s Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details

    10/04/2017 9:21:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said Tuesday he is refusing to advance U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Pentagon until he is satisfied the administration is communicating its plans for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Outside a tense committee hearing on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, McCain told Defense News that because the administration has not been open with Congress, “we’ve been holding nominations … from the Pentagon to fill in those Pentagon jobs.” The disclosure came little more than a month after Trump...
  • Pelosi: ‘Pure prejudice’ driving Trump’s transgender military ban

    08/26/2017 5:07:04 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies
    Pelosi: ‘Pure prejudice’ driving Trump’s transgender military ban By John Bowden - 08/26/17 04:53 PM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tore into President Trump on Saturday for directing the Pentagon to ban transgender individuals from entering the military. Pelosi wrote on Twitter that Trump's "cruel decision to kick transgender troops out of the military is driven by nothing more than pure prejudice." Other Democrats such as Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), an Army veteran, and Republicans including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who chairs the Armed Services Committee, have criticized the directive from Trump released Friday. McCain argued that "it...
  • Trump gives the Pentagon six months to kick THOUSANDS of transgender service people out...

    08/24/2017 7:48:23 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 99 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 August 2017 | James Wilkinson
    Trump gives the Pentagon six months to kick THOUSANDS of transgender service people out of the military if they are deemed 'non-deployable'. A month after he announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military via Twitter, Donald Trump has issued a memo on how the decision is to be implemented. The two-and-a-half-page note says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis must consider a service member's 'deployability' when deciding whether to eject them from the military. That means that if they are unable to serve in a war zone, take part in training or serve on a ship for months, they...
  • Banning Transgender Troops Could Cost U.S.$960 Million, Report Says

    08/15/2017 12:03:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 15, 2017 | by MEDARDO PEREZ
    A new report estimates banning transgender service members would set the U.S. back $960 million, challenging President Donald Trump's pro-ban argument about "the tremendous medical costs" associated with permitting transgender people to serve in the military. The report, co-authored by the Palm Center and current and retired professors at the Naval Postgraduate School, estimates the cost to replace transgender service members would be 100 times greater than current estimates for the annual cost of providing them transition-related care. "President Trump said that he wants to fire honorably serving transgender troops in order to save money, but that begs the question,...
  • Mattis suggests transgender military members may continue to serve

    08/15/2017 8:10:12 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 42 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | August 14, 2017 | Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Monday that the White House had still not provided policy guidance on transgender persons serving in the military, adding that they were still studying the issue, raising the prospect that transgender service members may be allowed to continue to serve despite President Donald Trump's July announcement of a ban via twitter. "We are going to study the issue," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. "The policy is going to address whether or not transgenders can serve under what conditions, what medical support they require, how much time would they be perhaps non-deployable leaving others...
  • US Marines Test All-Male Squads Against Mixed-Gender Ones – And The Results Are Bleak

    08/08/2017 5:17:25 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 133 replies
    In 2013, the US military lifted its ban on women serving in combat. Shortly after, the Marine Corps began what it calls an “unprecedented research effort” to understand the impact of gender integration on its combat forces. That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, in which 400 Marines — 100 of them female — trained for combat together and then undertook a simulated deployment, with every aspect of their experience measured and scrutinized. All branches of the military faced a January 1, 2016 deadline to open all combat roles to women,...
  • Women In Combat Roles Face These “Disproportionate Medical Risks”

    07/27/2017 7:22:49 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 65 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | July 26, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Are recruiters, particularly in the Army and Marines, lying to (or at least misleading) young women who they try to recruit into military service? That’s a question which is asked and answered in the LA Times this week by two people who should know. Julie Pulley is a former West Point graduate Army captain and Afghanistan veteran. Rear Adm. Hugh P. Scott was a Navy medical officer and is an expert in medical physical standards. They discuss the current push to drive up the number of women going into combat roles and the unique stresses which the demands of those...
  • Lawmakers react to Trump's transgender military ban: 'Discriminatory, and un-American'

    07/26/2017 10:22:57 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 60 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 7/26/17 | Travis J. Tritten
    Reaction from Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and congressional Democrats rolled in Wednesday following President Trump's tweets announcing a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Shelby, an Alabama Republican, said the president's announcement reverses the current "big tent" policy for the country's all-volunteer military and that he wanted to look more closely at Trump's morning tweets.
  • Transgender Air Force Sergeant Slams Trump's Service Ban: He 'Is Doing This Country an Injustice'

    07/26/2017 10:01:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    People's Magazine ^ | 07/26/2017 | BY CHAR ADAMS and LINDSAY KIMBLE
    Logan Ireland, an Air Force staff sergeant who began his transition to a man after two years of service, tells PEOPLE exclusively that he’d “love” to meet with President Trump and discuss the implications of the new sweeping ban on transgender military personnel. “For the President to deny an able-bodied, fully qualified person the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country, potentially giving their own life for our freedoms, is doing this country an injustice,” Ireland says. He continues, extending his invitation to Trump for a conversation, “I would love for my President to meet me...
  • President Trump announces US military ban on transgender individuals

    07/26/2017 7:18:22 AM PDT · by GT Vander · 122 replies
    Fox 6 News ^ | POSTED 8:17 AM, JULY 26, 2017, | CNN WIRE SERVICE
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate the ban transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces. The decision reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still under final review, that would allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the military. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan to begin allowing transgender individuals to join the US military.
  • Pelosi blasts Trump's transgender order: 'Hatred will never defeat pride'

    07/26/2017 8:43:26 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2017 | TheHill
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday slammed President Trump’s call to ban all transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military and vowed to fight the president’s proposal. “69 years ago, President Truman desegregated the US Military. This morning, @POTUS turned anti-#trans prejudice into policy,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter. “.@realDonaldTrump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from the military is a vile attack on brave individuals defending our country.” Pelosi said it is “disgusting” to see members of the LGBT community “devalued for a hateful political agenda.”
  • Transgender individuals banned from serving US Military - President Trump

    07/26/2017 6:12:38 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 154 replies
    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 16m16 minutes ago After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow..........Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.........victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you