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New Army Directive Officially Opens All Positions to Women

Army Rangers, pictured here on maneuvers, may soon have women among their combat ranks. A new directive has opened all Army positions to female soldiers. (US Army photo)

A new Army directive spells out what Defense Secretary Ash Carter meant when he announced in December that the military will open all of its positions to women with "no exceptions." Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy put the direction in motion on Jan. 29 when he signed an eight-page memo that officially gives female soldiers a shot at... more

Exercise Marks Hawaii Brigade's Transition from Strykers

Soldiers interrogate a possible terrorist in a mock raid during Exercise Lightning Forge on Feb. 5 at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii -- The Army's conversion of Hawaii's Stryker brigade into an infantry team is playing out in earnest with Exercise Lightning Forge, which culminated with an air assault and 100 soldiers raiding a mock terrorist stronghold Friday at this seaside facility. At the center of the training is the 25th Infant... more

Tactical Fitness: Pushups After a Collar Bone Injury


After an injury, getting back to normal can take some time as it is a process that has to follow these steps: Injury Reduce Swelling Healing Regain Full Range of Motion Rebuilding Back to Normal This process can take a few weeks to more than a year depending upon the inury's severity, and if surgery is requ... more

Fort Sill to Trim Civilian Jobs, Some Military Positions

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Army artillery post in southwest Oklahoma is expected to trim civilian jobs and some military positions but still have a net gain of more than 400 active-duty military personnel by the end of next year. Officials say they're developing restructuring plans but declined to address specifics about the personnel changes. B... more

Fort Benning Soldier Now Faces 5 Counts Public Indecency Charges

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A Fort Benning soldier accused of exposing himself on Jan. 22 to a 27-year-old woman on Macon Road was charged with four additional counts on Wednesday for similar incidents in Columbus, police said. Staff Sgt. Blakely Patrick Griffin, assigned to the 198th Infantry Brigade on post, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Center on four ... more

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