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  1. Pentagon officials included a pay freeze for all high-ranking military personnel in paygrades O-7 and above in its budget plan. Getty Images

    Budget proposes pay freeze for higher-ranking officers

    The Pentagon brass has spent months urging lawmakers to support pay and benefits changes that could hurt troops' wallets. But those same top brass are also in line to take a hit to the wallet.

    • May. 28, 2014
  2. Midshipmen celebrate following the commencement and commissioning of the Class of 2014 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.. Mike Morones/Staff

    SECDEF charges academy grads with stamping out sex assault

    More than a thousand new officers entered the fleet Friday as the Naval Academy's graduating class hurled their midshipman covers into the air while a packed stadium roared with cheers and applause.

    • May. 23, 2014
  3. Delta Company soldiers march to the field at Army Officer Candidate School. Army

    Switching services could be your best shot at OCS

    Michael Heller knew that if he was going to move up, he had to get out.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    A Slovenian soldier surveys a map as he and forces from U.S. Army plan an assault as part of a field training exercise in 2012. Despite the drawdown in Europe, there remain opportunities for NCOs, officers and their families. Spc. Lorenzo Ware/Army

    For U.S. troops, European tours come with career, quality-of-life perks

    Imagine going out to hunt wild boar in the forests of Germany, then celebrating with buddies at the local gasthaus, hoisting a brew that rivals any you can find in the States.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    1st Lt. Kelly Requa is breaking new ground at Fort Bragg. She's one of a small number of female lieutenants brought into lead a cannon platoon at the North Carolina base. By January 2016, the U.S. military must open all combat jobs to women or explain why any must remain closed. Gerry Broome / AP

    First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs

    Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. Marines with 4th Tank Battalion, a Reserve unit out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., roll down a dirt road on their M1A1 Abrams tank during Exercise Africa Lion 2012. Under a policy change, female Marine reservists can assume support roles in combat units, including 4th Tanks, but are still withheld from direct combat roles. Tyler Main/Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Reserve opens more combat units to women

    The Marine Corps has opened more roles in combat units to women — this time in the Reserve.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  5. A female Marine officer participates in the Infantry Officer Course. After washing out of the course, 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo wrote an op-ed arguing that females should be allowed to retake IOC. H. Darr Beiser / USA Today

    The story behind the female officer who called for change at IOC

    Second Lt. Sage Santangelo wasn't able to retake the Infantry Officer Course, but other female volunteers might get that chance, thanks to a case she made to the commandant of the Marine Corps this year.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  6. Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Tuesday he will have the final say on whether disgraced Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair retires at a lower rank with sharply reduced retirement pay. Saul Loeb / AFP

    McHugh: I'll decide Sinclair's rank

    The secretary of the Army said Tuesday he will have the final say on whether a disgraced brigadier general at the center of a sexual misconduct case retires at a lower rank with sharply reduced retirement pay.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  7. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who carried on a three-year affair with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with subordinates, was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay Thursday, avoiding prison in one of the military's most closely watched courts-martial. Ellen Ozier / AP

    Lawyer: Sinclair may retire at current rank despite plea

    The attorney for Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who pleaded guilty last week to adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several women, said it is possible that his client could still retire as a general.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
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    Members of a Female Engagement Team assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, conduct a security patrol in Marjah, Afghanistan in 2011. Marine Corps

    On policy allowing women into combat, Marines prepared to seek exceptions

    A force integration plan sent to top Marine Corps officers and enlisted leaders March 12 by the commandant reveals that more women will be assigned to previously closed combat arms units, but emphasizes the service will be prepared to seek exceptions to t

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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    Army Reserve Capt. Sage Fox poses on Wednesday in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Following a deployment to Kuwait as a man, Fox began taking female hormones and began living as a woman. After notifying her battalion commander, whom she says expressed support, Fox received a set of orders informing her she had been placed on inactive status, a step from discharge. An independent commission has concluded there 'is no compelling medical reason' for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving, according to a report set to be published Thursday. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Panel urges end to U.S. ban on transgender troops

    The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report released Thursday, saying there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calling on Presid

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  8. Soldiers train with a field artillery howitzer at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, last year. Women will now join field artillery units, down to the platoon level, as the Army opens thousands of jobs to them. Army

    Army opens all field artillery officer jobs to women

    Virtually all Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve positions coded for field artillery officers have been opened to women under a directive issued by Army Secretary John McHugh.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  9. DoD plans no cuts to spouse tuition program, official says

    Many troops and families may be worried about the future of family support and community programs, but one program that isn't suffering from budget woes is the military spouse tuition program — Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
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    This Sept. 18, 2012, file photo shows female soldiers training on a firing range while wearing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky. Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do, say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service's nearly 170,000 women. Mark Humphrey / AP

    Report: Few Army women want combat jobs

    Only a small fraction of Army women say they’d like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service’s nearly 170,000 women.

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  10. Army Maj. Timothy Hyde is among several hundred officers being reviewed for possible job loss. William B. Plowman / for USA Today

    Soldiers survive combat, then lose their jobs

    For thousands of career-military troops who endured combat and family separations during a dozen years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the end of hostilities brings a new directive from the government — your services are no longer needed.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  11. Leadership program opens for new, recent separating troops

    Troops who plan to leave the military within the next three to six months, or have recently left, may be eligible to apply for a leadership program aimed at helping them make the transition to the corporate world.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  12. SFC pitches idea for 'Army Retirement Medal'

    When Sgt. 1st Class Steven Janotta first floated his idea for a retirement medal, some of his peers thought he was joking and wasting their time.

    • Feb. 9, 2014
  13. In this photo illustration, Senior Airman Kentavist Brackin wears the uniforms of both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. In a recent essay, the former Marine corporal writes about his fondness for the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Air Force

    Airman: Marines aren't that different

    Marines and airmen might have opinions about what each other's service is like, but one devil dog who made the switch to the Air Force said both sides might be surprised to learn that they're not as different as they might think.

    • Feb. 1, 2014
  1. Army gets the most service switchers

    Switching services has slowed to a trickle since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when hundreds of sailors and airmen were jumping the Navy and Air Force....

      5:38 PM, Aug. 15, 2014
  2. Army announces CSM assignments

    Here are the names, specialties and major commands of the Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) senior NCOs who have been slated for assignment to brigade and battalion command sergeant major and key billet positions in fiscal 2015:...

      7:06 PM, Apr. 30, 2014
  3. New one-star is U.S. military's first general born in Vietnam

    Col. Viet Luong pinned on his first star during a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, becoming the first Vietnamese-born general officer in the U.S. military....

      11:07 AM, Aug. 7, 2014
  4. Marine general officer nominations announced

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced several new general officer nominations on Monday, just months before President Obama is expected to name a new commandant of the Marine Corps....

      7:16 PM, May 5, 2014
  5. On policy allowing women into combat, Marines prepared to seek exceptions

    A force integration plan sent to top Marine Corps officers and enlisted leaders March 12 by the commandant reveals that more women will be assigned to previously closed combat arms units, but emphasizes the service will be prepared to seek exceptions to t...

      9:11 AM, Mar. 23, 2014
  6. 1,318 selected for promotion to major, lt. col., col

    More than 1,300 officers have been selected for promotion to major, lieutenant colonel or colonel, the Air Force said Friday....

      9:18 AM, Jun. 29, 2014
  7. Being a good cop requires host of skills

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      3:21 PM, Apr. 1, 2013
  8. Army updates August officer promotion list

    The August officer promotion list has been updated, the Army announced today. The update includes officers on the Army Competitive Category lieutenant colonel list that was confirmed by the Senate Aug....

      10:43 AM, Aug. 21, 2013
  9. May officer promotions: Captains

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      12:44 PM, Apr. 16, 2014
  10. Reprisal complaint: Sgt. Maj. says career 'ruined' after challenging his general

    The Pentagon's investigative agency is examining whether a senior enlisted Marine with 29 years of service was victimized by the Marine Corps' top leaders after he accused a two-star general of wrongdoing....

      2:59 PM, Oct. 15, 2013
  11. General officer nominations announced

    The Defense Department announced Feb. 28 that the president has made the following nominations:...

      11:30 AM, Mar. 4, 2014
  12. Retired AF doctor, Navy flight surgeon and Marine pilot awarded Bronze Star for declassified mission

    During Col. (Dr.) James Ruffer's 30 years of service, he wore three uniforms — of the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force....

      8:59 AM, Sep. 30, 2013
  13. New one-star is U.S. military's first general born in Vietnam

    Col. Viet Luong pinned on his first star during a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, becoming the first Vietnamese-born general officer in the U.S. military....

      11:07 AM, Aug. 7, 2014
  14. Reprisal complaint: Sgt. Maj. says career 'ruined' after challenging his general

    The Pentagon's investigative agency is examining whether a senior enlisted Marine with 29 years of service was victimized by the Marine Corps' top leaders after he accused a two-star general of wrongdoing....

      2:59 PM, Oct. 15, 2013
  15. Army pulls list of names for CSM, SGM key billets

    The nominative command sergeant major and sergeant major key billet selection list that was released Aug....

      2:42 PM, Aug. 13, 2014
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