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New Program Makes Moves Cheaper for Military Spouses

Military spouses with careers that require a professional license or certification can now get help covering the costs of transferring those credentials when they experience a permanent-change-of-station move with their service member spouse. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act allows each service branch to reimburse spouses up to $500 for relicensure and certification costs resulting from relocations or PCS moves ...

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Twin Threats of China, Iran Differ, Policy Official Says > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

The threat of Iran to U.S. and regional allies is from miscalculation, while the threat of China is largely in violating world economic and democratic norms, said Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. Iran’s recent provocative activities are worrying and troubling, like shooting down a U.S. drone and seizure of ...

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Watch: Making Marine Snipers

Becoming a Marine Corps scout sniper is far from easy.  Sgt. Brandon Choo, an instructor at the Basic Scout Sniper Course at Quantico, Va., says only the best candidates graduate. Those who earn the title of Marine scout sniper will have to prove that they are expert marksmen and have what it takes to make their way into enemy territory, ...

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Threats in the Middle East

Iranian leaders have publicly stated that they will not allow other countries in the region to “take advantage” of their inability to sell oil. They have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and have postured military forces in efforts to intimidate the movement of international trade and global energy sources through the Strait of Hormuz. Intelligence indicates that Iran ...

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Shooting Toward Success

Following in her father’s footsteps, Emily Stith has made a career out of putting small holes in bull’s-eyes from a significant distance. And she’s doing it while serving her country as a soldier in the Army. Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida Unit: Army Marksmanship Unit Stationed: Fort Benning, Georgia Job Title: Shooter-Instructor What made you want to become a shooter? Or what ...

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Defense Leaders Make Case for U.S. Space Force

A United States Space Force would build on and accelerate the advantage the U.S. Air Force has given the American military in space, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Establishing the U.S. Space Force will enable the Defense Department to gather up the disaggregated parts of the military space effort in one organization and ...

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This Army Unit’s Motto is Now a National Day

Every year, April 5 is celebrated as National “Go For Broke” Day, derived from a saying that’s known to mean “wager everything.” “Go For Broke” also happens to be the motto of one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history, the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and they’re likely the reason why this celebrated day exists. The 442nd RCT was a ...

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5 Things to Know About DOD’s New Policy on Military Service by Transgender Persons and Persons With Gender Dysphoria

The new DOD policy eliminates special accommodations that were provided to persons with gender dysphoria but not to others. First, the 2016 DOD policy allows individuals who were diagnosed with gender dysphoria and obtained hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery to join the military in their preferred gender without a waiver if they were stable beforehand for at least 18 ...

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With Baby in Tow, Minnesota Army Recruiter Foils Shoplifters

An Army recruiter pushing his 10-month-old daughter along in a stroller at a suburban Minneapolis mall noticed electronics store employees trying to stop some men who had walked out with several boxes of expensive headphones. Staff Sgt. Sean Oliva followed the men, eventually flagging down police outside the mall when the men were attempting to flee. Police captured the suspects, ...

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Green to Gold > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

He’s already been in the Army for 10 years. Now, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jacob McCormack is making a big transition —  he’s working on becoming a commissioned officer while earning his bachelor’s degree in communications. He’s part of the Army’s Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program, a two-year program that allows eligible, active-duty enlisted soldiers to remain on ...

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U.S.-NATO Relationship Spans 70 Years

The United States is one of the founding members of NATO, a military alliance that was formed in 1949 and is still going strong today, some 70 years later. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan welcomed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the Pentagon today to discuss the U.S.-NATO relationship. Before their meeting, Shanahan praised Stoltenberg for his work to ...

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Lifelines of the Air Force

A lot of people think that if you’re in the Air Force, you’re flying a plane. But in reality, less than 4 percent of airmen are pilots. The majority of airmen serve in supporting roles, one of the largest of which is that of the aircraft maintainer. “[Maintainers] have more responsibility than the majority of airmen in the Air Force,” ...

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Master of Battle: Army Sgt. Richard McDonald

Army Sgt. Richard McDonald, a military police soldier assigned to the U.S. Army Central commander’s protective service detail, was recently certified as a master combatives instructor. Now, McDonald, along with other Arcent personnel, leads a group of soldiers in obtaining their Modern Army Combatives Program Level 2 certification at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Hometown: Haskell, Arkansas Unit: 984th Military Police Co., ...

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GI Bill: How Transformative It’s Been

If you went to war for the U.S. before World War II, you were left to your own devices for education, housing and job training when you returned to civilian life. It wasn’t exactly easy, because college and homeownership weren’t attainable dreams for the average American at the time. That’s why the GI Bill of Rights was created 75 years ago ...

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