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  • Defense Secretary: 10,400 Male Troops Subjected to 'Unwanted Sexual Contact' Last Year

    04/23/2015 10:47:47 AM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a group of ROTC cadets on Wednesday that sexual assault is a "particular challenge and a particular disgrace" to the U.S. military. He noted that last year, far more men (10,400) than women (8,500) "experienced unwanted sexual contact." "We've made some progress," Carter said. "We seem to have seen some decrease in the estimated number of assaults, and we seem to have seen some increase in those reporting an assault."But, last year, we estimated that at least 18,900 servicemembers -- 10,400 men and 8,500 women -- experienced unwanted sexual contact." Carter added that...
  • The Footwear Cadets Were Allegedly Forced to Wear During Political Event March Has Sparked an Uproar

    04/20/2015 5:35:33 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 154 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 20, 2015 | Juan Leon
    Making the general public aware about tough issues that need addressing is obviously a good thing. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it. A Reddit post supposedly containing a message from the cellphone of a cadet has raised questions concerning an allegedly mandatory ROTC event. In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”
  • An open letter from the mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq to General Martin Dempsey

    04/19/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2015 | Debbie Lee
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey responded to reports that Ramadi, Iraq is on the verge of an Islamic State today by describing Ramadi as “not symbolic in any way.” In an open letter, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc was the first Navy SEAL casualty in Ramadi, responded to his remarks today. I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi. “The city itself is not symbolic in any way” oh really are...
  • AP Exclusive: Special ops troops doubt women can do the job

    04/04/2015 12:39:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | April 4, 2015 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. Studies that surveyed personnel found "major misconceptions" within special operations about whether women should be brought into the male-only jobs. They also revealed concerns that department leaders would "capitulate to political pressure, allowing erosion of training standards," according to one document.
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • Islamic State posts kill list with purported addresses of U.S. military personnel

    03/21/2015 7:55:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    A group affiliated with the Islamic State published a list of addresses purportedly belonging to about 100 U.S. service members late Friday night, calling for their beheadings. The self-identified “Islamic State Hacking Division” claimed to have obtained the information by hacking into military servers, databases and emails, The Blaze reported Saturday. The online document contains names and photos along with some of the addresses.
  • Integrating women into combat reduces effectiveness, harms unit cohesion

    03/19/2015 10:11:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jacqueline Klimas
    As the American military prepares to open all combat positions to women by 2016, a British report found that integrating women into combat would reduce effectiveness in battle and could harm unit cohesion. The British report, released in December, found that physiological differences put women at a disadvantage in both strength-based and aerobic fitness tests. Even women who are able to overcome the physiological disadvantage will likely get injured more easily or get tired quicker, making them easier targets and poorer marksmen in combat. “These are about biology rather than character,” the report states. The report found that some of...
  • Our Navy Is Getting Dangerously Smaller, And No One Is Paying Attention

    03/17/2015 6:47:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/17/2015 | Seth Cropsey
    The Times published a piece earlier this week by the same author. He argues that because the U.S. has 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, its Navy “is big enough.” If those 10 ships could remain on patrol indefinitely, this argument would carry weight. They cannot. They must return home so that crews can be rotated, equipment repaired, and eventually, nuclear fuel replenished. About three or four carriers are required to keep one on station permanently.
  • U.S. military decimated under Obama, only ‘marginally able’ to defend nation

    02/24/2015 1:35:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/24/2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only “marginally able” to defend the nation and falls short of the Obama administration’s national security strategy, says a new report by The Heritage Foundation Tuesday. “The U.S. military itself is aging. It’s shrinking in size,” said Dakota Wood, a Heritage analyst. “And it’s quickly becoming problematic in terms of being able to address more than one major conflict.”
  • Report: VA Secretary Lied About Serving in Special Forces

    02/23/2015 6:04:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    weekly standard ^ | february 23, 2015 | daniel halper
    The Veterans Affairs secretary lied about serving in the special forces, a report in the Huffington Post alleges. "Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s," the report reads. U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force and Navy SEALs --...
  • Veteran Protests Davis-Monthan Home Flying Gay-Friendly Flag (AF Base)

    02/06/2015 3:57:04 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    military.com ^ | February 6, 2015
    n outspoken wounded veteran from Tucson has caused a stir on social media over his objection to a flag he calls an affront to the American flag. Instead of red and white stripes, the flag flying recently at a home on Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has stripes of rainbow colors -- traditionally used to show gay pride. Former Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost two legs and an arm in an attack in Iraq, says the flag parodies the American flag. Kolfage says it's illegal and had no business flying on a military base. "I was cutting across base...
  • U.S. Military Not Taught Ideology of Islamic Jihad, ‘Our Nation Is In Great Peril,’ Says CSP

    01/17/2015 8:32:21 AM PST · by LSUfan · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Penny Starr
    Center for Security Policy (CSP) official Tommy Waller, who fought against Islamic jihadists "on their turf" in Afghanistan and elsewhere, said his military training did not include instruction in the ideology of the enemy, a deliberate omission that puts America in "great peril." Waller, a Marine Reserve major, speaking via Skype at the National Press Club on Jan. 16, said he was speaking as an employee of the CSP, a conservative national security group in Washington, D.C., which released that day a new report, The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement. The plan, designed...
  • After ISIS Twitter threat, military families rethink online lives

    01/14/2015 2:09:41 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | Jan.14, 2015 | Ashley Fantz
    (CNN)—One military wife recalls staying up all night and deleting every Facebook picture of her children, every post that mentioned them or where they went to school. She Googled herself, trying to figure out how easy it would be to find where the family lived. In the morning, she went to her car and scraped the military decal off the front window. As the spouse of a Special Forces soldier, she's always tried to be conscious of how much she advertises that she and her three young children are a military family. "It's hard because I am so proud of...
  • The Tragedy of the American Military

    12/31/2014 7:28:09 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 88 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | by James Fallows
    The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win. In mid-September, while President Obama was fending off complaints that he should have done more, done less, or done something different about the overlapping crises in Iraq and Syria, he traveled to Central Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. There he addressed some of the men and women who would implement whatever the U.S. military strategy turned...
  • Army Thanks Soldier For Confronting Offensive Behavior Online

    12/28/2014 11:35:20 AM PST · by hcmama · 76 replies
    Military Times ^ | Claudette Roulo
    First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly. "I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their...
  • The Good That Results From US 'Boots on the Ground'

    12/08/2014 6:25:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    It has always made Americans uncomfortable to think of their nation as the world's policeman.John Quincy Adams avowed nearly two centuries ago that the United States "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy"; today, Barack Obama declares that America's focus must be on "nation-building here at home." A broad swath of public opinion shares that view — 52 percent of Americans in a Pew survey last winter agreed that the US should "mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own." Influential Americans regularly argue that US intervention abroad...
  • Initial Results from Major Survey of U.S. Military Sexual Assault, Harassment [3850 Men Raped]

    12/05/2014 12:16:49 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Rand Corporation ^ | 12/04/2014 | Rand Corporation
    The RAND Corporation has released initial results from a study that estimates the number of U.S. service members who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the past year. The Department of Defense selected RAND to conduct this congressionally mandated study. Approximately 170,000 service members, or 30 percent of the 560,000 invited, answered questions for the study, one of the largest of its kind. RAND researchers estimate that approximately 20,000 of the U.S. military's 1.3 million active-duty members experienced one or more sexual assaults in the past year, including assaults by other service members, civilians, spouses or others....
  • US military urged to allow transgender troops to serve openly

    11/26/2014 2:54:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    Retired military personnel are calling on the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines to change their lists of disqualifying conditions to allow transgender people to serve openly. Though the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed, allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, there is still a ban on transgender service members. In May, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the ban should be “continually reviewed.” A report released by the Palm Center on Tuesday, however, said the Department of Defense deleted its list of medically disqualifying and administratively disqualifying conditions in August. Now only conditions that...
  • WATCH: Turkish nationalists assault US sailors in Istanbul

    11/13/2014 6:09:30 AM PST · by kimtom · 17 replies
    JPost.com ^ | 11/13/2014 | By REUTERS
    ISTANBUL - A group of Turkish ultra-nationalists attacked three US sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting "Yankee go home" and trying to pull hoods over their heads in an assault condemned by the US embassy. Video footage posted on the website of the ultra-nationalist Turkish Youth Union showed the attackers surrounding the sailors, calling them "murderers" and throwing orange paint at the men. ..........
  • Italian governor calls for US servicemen to leave over Ebola virus

    10/31/2014 6:39:13 PM PDT · by wtd · 11 replies
    Irish Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | Paddy Agnew
    Italian governor calls for US servicemen to leave over Ebola virus Call on US authorities to repatriate all those US military personnel who served in Liberia After an Italian businessman ended up in court because of an unfortunate joke about the Ebola virus, it is worth pointing out that at least one Italian regional authority is most definitely not laughing about the disease. Luca Zaia, governor of the northeastern Veneto region, this week called on US authorities to repatriate all those US military personnel who have served in Liberia rather than have them undergo quarantine on Italian soil. Mr Zaia...
  • Transgender Soldiers Meet in DC, Want Ban on Military Service Struck Down

    10/23/2014 2:09:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    Transgender military personnel from a number of American allied countries met in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss what they say are the benefits of allowing open transgenders in active military service. Organized by the American Civil Liberties Union, the conference met in the nation’s Capitol to continue pressure on the Pentagon to allow open transgenders to serve in the U.S. military. Advocates and many in the medical and scientific field believe that people are not born with a specific gender but are assigned one at birth, but that assignment may not match up to the person’s “gender identity” such...
  • General: US Troops Who Contract Ebola Will Be Quarantined in Liberia

    10/18/2014 5:32:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 18, 2014 | Edwin Mora
    If any American soldiers in Liberia contract the deadly Ebola virus, they will be quarantined, stabilized, and evacuated to a medical facility for treatment, said the Ebola mission commander, adding that the U.S. military hospitals that will admit potentially infected troops have not yet been identified. “If, God forbid, one of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marine contracted this disease, as I mentioned, they would be stabilized, they would be quarantined, we would go through the appropriate protocols,” Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, said on October 16 while briefing reporters in the Pentagon by telephone from...
  • House Dems call for US troops in Africa to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 12:08:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 79 replies
    thehill ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    A trio of House Democrats is calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that.
  • House Dems call for U.S. troops to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 10:26:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Three House Democrats are calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that. "We write to urge you to consider building on the current response to the Ebola epidemic by allowing military medical and technical personnel to provide...
  • Combating Ebola Outbreak: U.S. Assistance Ramps Up

    10/12/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    Front Page Africa ^ | 10/12/14 | Wade C. L. Williams
    Monrovia - The U.S. government continues to ramp up its assistance to help Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. On Thursday evening the US military brought in additional men and supplies into the country via the Roberts International Airport. Six military aircraft landed at the RIA in two different flights of MV-22 Osprey and KC-130 aircraft on board were 100 US Marines. This brings the number of US military personnel in the country to a little over 300. Maj. Gen Darryl Williams, Commanding officer, Joint Task Force Command, Operation United Assistance, receiving the soldiers said: “What I...
  • U.S. military planes arrive in Liberia

    10/09/2014 4:23:07 PM PDT · by Prospero · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/9/2014 | Staff
    Monrovia - Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." "Our people are dying," Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma lamented by videoconference at a World Bank meeting in Washington. He said other countries are not responding fast enough while children are orphaned and infected doctors and nurses are lost to the disease. Alpha Conde of Guinea said the region's countries are in "a very fragile situation." "This disease is today an international threat and deserves...
  • Polaris DAGOR Ultra-Light Truck Ready For Combat (Race-Bred Military Vehicle)

    10/08/2014 6:24:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    Fox ^ | October 7, 2014 | Gary Gestelu
    U.S. Special Forces will soon be riding into battle in a race-bred truck. The Polaris DAGOR is a compact military machine that uses a trophy truck-style suspension for extreme off-road capability and was developed in partnership with Roush Industries of NASCAR fame. The purpose-built military machine is about the size of a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, but can fit up to nine warfighters onboard: four in the cabin, four in the bed, and a roof gunner positioned in a sling seat suspended from the roll cage. The 4,500-pound vehicle is powered by a diesel engine of unspecified origin, has a...
  • U.S. Troops in Africa May Come in Contact with Ebola Patients

    10/08/2014 8:08:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/07/14
    The general suggested some soldiers would have contact with Ebola patients but later clarified his remarks, saying a small number of highly-trained medical experts would handle blood samples in testing labs but not patients. Asked how long American troops would remain in the region, Rodriguez told reporters: "I'm sure it'll be about a year ... at this point, but that's just a guess."
  • Is Obola Trying To Kill Our Military?

    10/08/2014 11:25:50 AM PDT · by Califreak · 34 replies
    calfreak ^ | 10/8/2014 | califreak
    Since the eighties, our military has been shrinking. This is deliberate. It's not about saving money or new technology making so many military bases unnecessary(I believe these were a couple of the excuses they used when they closed all those bases) Now they're sending our best to the ebola hellhole in Africa. How many of these elite forces have the special training needed to carry out their mission safely? I believe obola has something really bad planned for his last days in office. Something so evil that our military might finally rise up and deal with it. People say obola...
  • Enlisted women to begin serving on submarines

    10/03/2014 9:38:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 | Kristina Wong
    The Navy plans to begin putting senior enlisted female sailors on submarines in December, officials announced on Friday. The women will first be integrated onto ballistic missile submarines, which are larger than fast attack submarines, said Navy Cmdr. Renee Squier, head of the Office of Women's Policy for the Chief of Naval Personnel. The plan is to first integrate female senior enlisted sailors onto submarines and then junior enlisted female sailors, she said. "The goal is to have each unit have 20 percent," Squier said, in order to build a "good ecosystem" for female submariners. The Navy first opened submarines...
  • ISIS: Slaughter American Military Families in the U.S. and Around the World

    10/03/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The ISIS barbarians are out with a new threat: slaughter the families of American military members and personnel. According to a memo first reported by Fox News, the U.S. Army Threat Center has issued an alert to military families to remain vigilant as ISIS continues to look for ways to intimidate Americans.  "ISIL has called on lone offenders in the U.S. to use the "yellow pages," social media sites like Facbook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to find the addresses of service members, show up at [at their homes] and slaughter them." "Given the continued rhetoric being issued by ISIL's media services and...
  • Army warns US military personnel on ISIS threat to family members

    10/02/2014 12:45:16 PM PDT · by Old Sarge · 46 replies
    ATIC, via Fox News ^ | 02 OCT 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them."
  • Army Warns US Military of ISIS Threat

    10/02/2014 7:13:05 PM PDT · by mouse1 · 7 replies
    An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them." The assessment, obtained by Fox News, came from the Army Threat Integration Center which issues early warnings of criminal and terrorist threats to Army posts worldwide. The advisory warns military personnel and their families about the Islamic State, or ISIS, calling on supporters to target their homes.
  • The U.S. is Becoming a Weaker Nation

    09/30/2014 11:46:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/14 | Alan Caruba
    Obama’s combination of ideology and ignorance The news that the U.S. Air Force, joined at long last by some of the Arab nations most threatened by the Islamic State (ISIS), began bombing their headquarters and military sites in Syria was long overdue, but welcome. It took time because Obama had originally dismissed ISIS as a threat. It no doubt took time to get Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia to team with the U.S., but missing from the action is Turkey that borders Syria and Egypt. Turkey has become increasingly Islamist, but appears determined to stay out...
  • DOD ordered to enlist illegal immigrants

    09/30/2014 10:17:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/30/14 | Jim Emerson
    Frustrated that Congress does not bend to his will by granting amnesty to millions of undocumented Democrat voters, Mullah Obama has ordered the military to pander to and enlist illegal immigrants. In true PC fashion, the media are reporting the story of Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI. It is a Department of Defense policy which encourages illegals to enlist in the military for the purpose of introducing language skills critical to national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Pashto or Persian. (1) Spanish is missing from the list. (2) In simple terms, native speakers are needed for translation...
  • Lines blur for US troops in fight against ISIS

    09/27/2014 3:30:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 27, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama insists he will not have “boots on the ground” in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the line between a combat and advisory role is blurry. Obama plans to send more than 1,600 troops to Iraq as “advisers” to the military, and all of them could find themselves in harm's way. About 800 of the troops are providing security for diplomatic personnel and property, including infantry soldiers and Marines. Although they do not have a combat mission, they are armed and prepared to defend themselves. Several hundred more troops will work closely...
  • Male-On-Male Rape Epidemic In Obama’s Pro-Deviancy Military

    09/19/2014 10:08:46 AM PDT · by fwdude · 61 replies
    Barbwire.com ^ | 19 Sept 2014 | Bryan Fischer
    One of the things we predicted when the infamous crime against nature was dropped as a bar to military service was an inevitable descent into moral and sexual debauchery in our armed forces. And we were right. Homosexual conduct is immoral, unnatural and unhealthy. There are a host of pathologies associated with male homosexual conduct, including random, promiscuous, anonymous sex, a highly elevated risk of HIV/AIDS and a proclivity toward sexual violence. This is not a lifestyle any rational society, let alone its military, should embrace or support. Now we are getting more information about just how twisted and dangerous...
  • Dempsey: If Coalition Fails, We'll Need U.S. Boots on Ground Against ISIS

    09/16/2014 9:26:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that although "we're not there yet," the United States may eventually need to deploy U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS if a coalition and airstrikes fail to get the job done against the terror army. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States then I of course would...
  • 'Ridiculous': Harris-Perry Show Spat As Guest Claims US Soldiers 'Forced in' By Poverty

    09/13/2014 11:11:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Phyllis Bennis is a Melissa Harris-Perry fave. How bonkers-left is Bennis? She's a defender of Iran and its nuclear ambitions, and wants Israel wiped off the map, to be replaced by a single Palestinian state. On today's MH-P, Bennis once again put her radical views on display, arguing that many US soliders aren't truly volunteers, but are "forced in by poverty and lack of other opportunities." "That's absolutely ridiculours," responded Iraq war veteran Earl Catagnus Jr. View the video here.
  • Report urges Pentagon to allow transgendered military personnel to openly serve

    08/27/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Gay military service personnel may now serve openly, and now former top Pentagon officials believe that another group should be afforded the same treatment: transgendered Americans. A report issued Tuesday by retired Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a Yale University professor and professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, opened the door for ending a de-facto “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for transgendered individuals, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • Obama’s reckless disregard of ISIS, Hillary wants a reward for timidity

    08/15/2014 2:57:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-15-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    His remarks about Ferguson, Mo., and the Michael Brown incident got most of the attention, but the president’s comments on Iraq may be much more important in the long run — and certainly more depressing. The president has never recognized and still refuses to accept the threat posed by the Islamic State. ~snip~ So the bottom line is, is that the situation on the mountain has greatly improved and Americans should be very proud of our efforts. Because of the skill and professionalism of our military and the generosity of our people, we broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar,...
  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • Outrageous: Combat Troops to Receive Pink Slips While Deployed Overseas

    07/11/2014 4:37:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Some members of the armed services, all of whom are currently deployed in war zones, will soon be notified by the Defense Department that they will be involuntarily discharged from the military at the end of their current tours. Why? “Budget cuts.” It’s as simple as that. Shockingly, too, hundreds of Army captains have already been handed the devastating news, according to the New York Post, and more officers are expected to get it, if they haven't already, soon enough. For obvious reasons, this is an outrageous and heartless way to “thank” combat veterans: What is astonishing is that the...
  • Obama's Vision for American Military Might: Caring for Illegal Immigrants and Fighting for Muslims

    07/08/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/14 | Fred Dardick
    The Commander in Chief of the most powerful military the world has ever seen has a new mission for the brave young men and women who signed up to fight for our great nation: caring for tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children and putting their lives on the line to protect Muslims.
  • Army wants a harder-hitting pistol

    07/03/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 227 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | July 03, 2014 | By Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services. As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS. The MHS would replace the Army's inventory of more than 200,000 outdated M9 pistols and several thousand M11 9mm pistols with one that has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability, according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army's Maneuver Center of...
  • Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules

    06/29/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/29/14 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world.The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The Bibles were too offensive and violated the separation of church and state rule.But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan.Stars and Stripes reported: U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise...
  • Pentagon: Young Adults Too Fat, Tattooed, Uneducated for Military

    06/29/2014 4:12:47 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 92 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 28, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The American military is facing a serious personnel issue: More than two-thirds of today's youth are too uneducated, have behavior issues, and are not physically fit enough for service. "We're trying to make decision makers see this is a national-security matter — and they need to prioritize it," retired Maj. Gen. Allen Youngman told The Wall Street Journal.
  • The U.S. military’s ongoing slur of Native Americans

    06/27/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jun 26th 2014 | Simon Waxman
    * In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden. Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished? For the same reason the Washington team is the Redskins and my hometown Red Sox go to Cleveland to play the...
  • Obama nominates 3 new military commanders

    06/24/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    President Barack Obama has tapped the vice chief of the Army to take over the U.S. command in Afghanistan later this year as America pulls out its combat troops and leaves a force of about 10,000 to train and advise the Afghan military. …
  • America's First Lady Disrespecting Our Veterans

    06/14/2014 1:36:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Google Plus ^ | June 14, 2014 | thewarrior0123