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  • House Panel Backs Troop Retirement Overhaul Despite Vets' Objections

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    A key defense panel in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to overhaul troop retirement benefits despite objections from members who served in the military. The House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning voted 60-2 to approve the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which included the future retirement change as part of a policy and spending blueprint for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The legislation will head to ... more

  • Senate Panel Backs Military Retirement Change, Troop Pay Raise of 1.3%

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    Lawmakers on a Senate panel agreed to overhaul the military retirement system and give troops a less-than-expected pay raise next year. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee's Personnel Subcommittee, headed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on Tuesday evening supported legislation that would offer troops 401(k)-style retirement plan by 2017 with matching contributions and full vesting after two years. Graham praised the... more

  • Two Republican Congressmen Introduce Bill to 'Draft Our Daughters'

    Two drill instructors with P Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., yell at U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. Olivia K. Downing and U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. William A. Crouch. (Photo: Sgt. Dwight Henderson)

    Two House Republicans -- both opponents of opening up combat roles to women -- introduced a bill Thursday called "Draft America's Daughters Act of 2016," which would require women to register for the draft. The bill was offered by Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California and former Marine, and co-sponsored by Rep. Ryan Zinke, a Republican from Montana and former Navy SEAL. It would "amend the Military Selective Service Act to ext... more

  • Vets Struggle After Returning From Afghanistan

    A year ago, they simply longed for home -- for the cry of a newborn baby, the touch of a spouse, the comfort of sleeping in their own beds. But life after Afghanistan has been anything but simple for the Army reservists who have shared their stories with the Dayton Daily News for the past year. It has been a year of joyful reunion and painful adjustment; a year of welcome down time, for some, coupled with anxiety about finding a job; a year ... more

  • New Air Force Planes Go Directly to 'Boneyard'

    New cargo planes on order for the U.S. Air Force are being delivered straight into storage in the Arizona desert because the military has no use for them, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. A dozen nearly new C-27J Spartans from Ohio and elsewhere have already been taken out of service and shipped to the so-called boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Five more are expected to be built by April 2014, all of which are heade... more

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