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  • Army now forgiving of past marijuana use to attract recruits

    12/03/2017 10:42:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2017 1:13 AM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    Smoked pot? Want to go to war? No problem. As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth — as long as they realize they can’t do so again in the military. The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army’s size. “Provided they understand that...
  • US Army 'Space Week' to Shine Light on Why Soldiers Care About Satellites

    11/27/2017 10:11:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 27, 2017 06:01pm ET | Sandra Erwin, Space News |
    Army leaders decided this was a good time to highlight space because activities are growing and the Army wants to attract more officers to the space career field known as Functional Area 40, or FA40. Over the past year, Army space forces supported more than 16 exercises for every geographic combatant command except U.S. Africa Command. Soldiers are picked for the FA40 career field after a competitive selection process through the "voluntary transfer incentive program," which can occur at the four-year mark of a soldier's career. Besides their technical abilities, soldiers applying for the FA40 are evaluated based on their...
  • Women get chance to 'one-up' the men in mixed infantry units

    11/26/2017 7:30:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Nov 26, 2017, 8:20 AM ET | Lolita C. Baldor
    The young Army infantry recruits lined up in full combat gear, guns at the ready. At the signal, a soldier in front kicked in the door and they burst into the room, swiveling to check around the walls for threats. “You’re dead!” one would-be enemy yelled out from a dark corner, the voice slightly higher than the others echoing through the building. It was 18-year-old Kirsten, training to become one of the Army’s first women serving as infantry soldiers. “I want to be one of the females to prove to everybody else that just because you’re a female, doesn’t mean...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: The United States Army War College, Pennsylvania ~ 21 NOV 2017

    11/20/2017 5:59:20 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 63 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: The United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PennsylvaniaCarlisle Barracks is a United States Army facility located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is part of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and is the site of the U.S. Army War College. It is the nation's second-oldest active military base.The Army War College was created as a solution to the military failings uncovered during the Spanish-American War. On 27 November 1901, Secretary of War, Elihu Root established the Army General Staff and the Army War College to train staff officers...
  • Military dad charged with raping, killing 9-month-old daughter

    11/16/2017 9:10:08 PM PST · by Perseverando · 39 replies
    Fox4KC.com ^ | November 16, 2017 | Unattributed
    Editor’s note: The Clarksville Police Department released details about the case that are graphic in nature and are included in the story below. CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A Clarksville father has been arrested for allegedly raping and killing his 9-month-old daughter, according to WSMV. Officers responded to a home on Cindy Jo Court for a medical call around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday. The child was taken to Tennova where she was pronounced dead by 8 a.m. Her father, 22-year-old Christopher Conway, is charged with homicide and aggravated rape of a child. According to police, the infant was strangled with a cord around...
  • Army drops plans to give waivers to recruits with history of mental illness

    11/15/2017 4:16:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Army's top officer said Wednesday that the service had "rescinded" a controversial memo permitting people with a history of severe mental illness to seek waivers allowing them to join up. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters the memo was "unauthorized" and its author did not have the authority to change the Army's recruitment policy. "It was rescinded last night," Milley said of the memo, which was dated Sept. 7 of this year and initially reported by USA Today on Sunday.
  • Self-Mutilators and Bi Polar Wackos – The Army’s Future Soldiers

    11/13/2017 4:56:28 PM PST · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 13, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    I really have to stop asking myself what’s next in the military’s long, twisted, dark journey into the subterranean hell known as political correctness and general stupidity. As part of the military’s current trend of giving the unqualified a chance to serve; of allowing every freak of nature, social misfit, SJW and dud on active duty, the army has announced that they will be granting “waivers” to certain recruits who violate criteria related to mental-health violations like having a history of bipolar disorder, or self-mutilation. Imagine sitting in a foxhole with a bi polar nut job who wants to cut...
  • Army lifts waiver ban for recruits with history of depression: ‘It is a red flag’

    11/13/2017 10:50:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army quietly relaxed standards over the summer to allow potential recruits to receive waivers for a host of previous mental health issues — including self-mutilation. A 2017 recruiting goal of 80,000 new soldiers through September appears to be at the root of a decision to reverse a 2009 waiver ban on mental health issues. Documents obtained over the weekend by USA Today show a willingness to consider applicants with a history of bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Army Close to Finalizing Pinks and Greens Uniform for All Soldiers

    11/06/2017 9:15:47 AM PST · by x1stcav · 93 replies
    Military.com ^ | 3 Nov 2017 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year. Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley began considering the possibility of bringing back the iconic two-tone uniform of the "greatest generation" for soldiers to wear as an everyday office uniform earlier this year.
  • Army Close to Finalizing Pinks and Greens Uniform for All Soldiers

    11/06/2017 11:27:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 94 replies
    Military.com ^ | Military.com
    The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year.
  • AP Explains: Bergdahl judge weighed complex leniency factors

    11/05/2017 1:37:05 AM PST · by Godebert · 73 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 11/4/17 | The Associated Press
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's brutal five years of captivity by Taliban allies carried significant weight in an Army judge's decision to spare him prison time for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, legal experts said. Criticism of Bergdahl by President Donald Trump also appeared to push the judge toward leniency. Army Col. Jeffery Nance didn't explain how he formulated the sentence that also included a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank and a fine. But the judge had to consider a complex array of arguments for and against leniency. Prosecutors asked for a 14-year prison sentence,...
  • The Army Desperately Wants A Pint Sized Tank With A Big Gun, Here's What We Know

    11/02/2017 4:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army is rushing ahead with its project to develop a new light tank to give infantry brigades extra firepower, especially against a near-peer opponent such as Russia. In the past, though, developing a vehicle that is both lighter than a traditional main battle tank and still survivable and useful on a modern battlefield has proven to be a difficult proposition. The Army plans to send out a final, formal request for proposals for the program, known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), to interested defense contractors in November 2017. The service then hopes to power through the contracting process...
  • Army fires 2-star general amid improper relationship probe

    10/13/2017 7:27:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/13/17 | Lolita C Baldor
    The two-star general who heads U.S. Army Africa has been fired and recalled to Washington, amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of an enlisted soldier, the Army said Friday. An Army statement provided to The Associated Press said that Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington was removed from his job due to a loss in confidence in his ability to command. He is one in a string of senior Army officers who have been disciplined for bad behavior, triggering the development earlier this year of new programs aimed at shaping stronger, more ethical leaders.
  • Moscow on the Hudson – The Left’s Infiltration of West Point

    10/13/2017 8:29:33 PM PDT · by pboyington · 38 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 13, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The United States Military Academy is being infiltrated and attacked by radical leftists, feminists and Islamists who are on a mission to transform West Point into a bastion of anti-American doctrine, feminist theology and Islamo-Marxist operations, just as they transformed the US Army into a leftist freak show in the last two decades. The Long Gray Line is quickly becoming nothing more than an undisciplined, insubordinate mass of brainwashed, entitled social justice warriors more focused on the LGBT agenda and diversity than they are about putting cold steel down range. After a summer of endless Navy misadventures and collisions at...
  • Colonel Who Reported Communist Cadet Slams West Point Leadership

    10/12/2017 8:01:01 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 Oct 2017 | PATRICK GRANGER
    Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Heffington issued an open letter to West Point graduates earlier this week blasting the superintendent, commandant, and dean of the military academy for contributing to a “culture of permissiveness.” The letter was subsequently posted on the website of American Military News. Heffington told The Daily Caller he wrote the letter to the USMA Class of 1963 when several of its graduates contacted him asking how Spenser Rapone, a cadet espousing radically anti-American views, was allowed to graduate. “The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic...
  • Heavy Competition For Light Tank: SAIC & Singapore Vs. BAE, GDLS (for U.S. Army)

    10/10/2017 12:39:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 06, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    If the stars align for defense contractor SAIC, the US Army and Marine Corps will soon be buying hundreds of armored vehicles designed in Singapore. Yesterday, six months after joining forces for the first time on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition – and just four days before the massive Association of the US Army conference opens in DC – Virginia-based SAIC and Singapore Technologies Kinetics officially announced they are teaming up again for the Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower program, a light tank to support light infantry in places where the massive M1 Abrams cannot go. SAIC didn’t go in...
  • As Trump Set to Announce New Iran Policy, Tehran Threatens U.S. Army Bases

    10/08/2017 9:04:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 17 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | Oct 08, 2017
    Revolutionary Guard chief issues stark warning to U.S. troops, saying that U.S. regional military bases would be at risk if Washington imposes further sanctions on Iran Iran warned the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guard Corp as a terrorist group and said U.S. regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed. The warning came after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would announce new U.S. responses to Iran's missile tests, support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy. "As we've announced in the past, if America's...
  • Missing U.S. commando found dead in Niger desert two days after deadly ambush

    10/07/2017 5:29:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    L A Times ^ | 10/06/2017 | W. J. Hennigan
    According to the Pentagon, the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, otherwise known as an “A-Team,” went on a routine patrol Wednesday afternoon with about 20 troops from the Niger Armed Forces when they came under heavy fire. Officials said a barrage of machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades from about 50 militants forced the U.S. and Nigerien troops into defensive positions near the border with Mali. The fire peppered the troops’ trucks and shattered windows before they could regroup and fire back. The soldiers called in support from French attack helicopters and fighter jets. It’s not clear whether the aircraft...
  • Two killed, six injured in Fort Jackson accident

    10/06/2017 3:59:00 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    The State ^ | 10/5/2017
    FORT JACKSON, SC An accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation at Fort Jackson on Friday afternoon, resulted in the deaths of two Soldiers and injured six others, two critically. The injured were immediately evacuated to an off-post hospital, according to the U.S Army. The names of the dead won’t be released until their families are notified. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers we lost today and to the families of the injured, they represent the best of our nation and we will endeavor to support all those affected through this difficult...
  • The Rise and Fall of the US Army

    10/06/2017 9:29:04 PM PDT · by pboyington · 44 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is a sign of the times. Spenser Rapone is a tenfold beacon in the night, a thousand blaring klaxons showing the nation and the world just how far our glorious army has fallen. Spenser Rapone is a disgrace to the army, to the famous 10th Mountain Division where is currently assigned and to the United States of America. His continued presence in the US military is a slap in the face to every grunt, tanker, zoomie, swabbie and gyrene that gave their lives for this country. Rapone literally came out of the gulag last week, when...