The Most Read Stories This Week on Military.com -- July 20, 2018
Here's a look at the most popular stories this week on Military.com.
A Hairy Issue: Sailors Tell the US Navy, 'We Want Beards'
Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards.
In Reversal, Pentagon Now Says it Backs GOP Measure on Birds
The birds have become flashpoints in an ongoing battle over whether they warrant federal protection that hinders mining.
General Views Taliban Cease-Fire with 'Cautious Optimism'
Gen. Joseph Votel said the cease-fire between Afghan forces and the Taliban may be a signal both sides are ready for peace.
VA Says New 'Forever GI Bill' Finally Ready for Launch Aug. 1 … Mostly
The delayed launch is coming next month despite glitches on housing allowances.
US Stance on Russia in Syria Remains Unchanged, General Says
The head of U.S. Central Command had few kind words Thursday for Russian forces operating in Syria.
Some GI Bill Transfer Changes Take Effect Immediately, Pentagon Says
Some of the newly announced Post-9/11 GI Bill changes have immediate effect, Pentagon officials said this week.
VA Watchdog Says 20K Veterans Subjected to Unwarranted Medical Exams
A VA watchdog has discovered the agency spent about $10 million in unwarranted medical exams for military veterans.
Injuries Reported in Blast at Pennsylvania Army Depot
Authorities say an explosion at an Army depot in Pennsylvania has left some workers injured.
5-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Molested at Travis Air Force Base: Family
An attorney is alleging that a 5-year-old was sexually molested by other minors at a Travis Air Force Base child care center.
Trump's Military Parade Initially Estimated to Cost $12M: Official
The cost estimate falls roughly in line with the canceled U.S. military "war game" with South Korea.
Mistress Testifies She Helped Army Sergeant Kill His Soldier Wife
Police found Army soldier Karlyn Ramirez shot to death inside her townhouse nearly three years ago.
22 Soldiers Injured in California Military Base Tent Collapse
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was landing when the wind from its rotor caused the tent to collapse.
Army 3-Star: Potent New Auto Rifle Just for Close-Combat Troops
The Cold War-era M249 Squad Automatic Weapon could remain in the arsenal for decades to come.
Army Leaders Look to Hollywood for Answers on Force Modernization
A senior Army modernization official said the service needs to look to Hollywood for ideas on how tech could change the Army.
4 Old School Problems Today's Troops Don't Have to Worry About
It's important to always remember and respect just how tough our brothers and sisters-in-arms had it way back in the day.
Ex-NFL Star Herschel Walker Speaks About Mental Illness at Fairchild AFB
Walker has toured military bases for nearly a decade in an effort to promote wellness and end the stigma of mental illness.
Tupelo to Seek German Ties Over Elvis Army Link
Tupelo's mayor will travel to Bad Nauheim, Germany to boost new possibilities for tourism driven by Elvis Presley.
Ask Stew: Learning from Fitness Mistakes
Stew Smith, Navy SEAL veteran and Military.com's tactical fitness expert, asks readers to comment on fitness mistakes they ha...