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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
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
    • CAREERS /
    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
    • CAREERS /
    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Military recruiting and personnel officials testified Jan. 16 on Capitol Hill on the state of military recruiting. Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, center, head of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, said overall interest in military service among young Americans is waning, complicating the recruiting mission for all service branches. Mike Morones/Staff

    DoD expects recruiting to slow down as economy speeds up

    Recruiting is all good -- for now. The past several years have seen some of the best military recruits in history, as the civilian job market was poor in many places and the services put large, well-funded recruiting teams in place at the height of the Iraq war.

    • Jan. 16, 2014
  12. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander, has announced his retirement. Senior Airman Jarvie Z. Wallace/Air Force

    General who overturned Aviano sex assault conviction to retire

    Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin — the Third Air Force commander whose decision to overturn a sex assault conviction a year ago sparked widespread changes to the military justice system — announced his retirement Jan. 8 following months of public criticism.

    • Jan. 8, 2014
  13. A former detailer said Vice Adm. Michelle Howard's time in command of amphibs shows her willingness to take on difficult jobs. Here, Howard, center, speaks to Capt. George Vassilakis, the commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship Bataan, and Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, the then-commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, in April. MCSN Edward Guttierrez III/Navy

    Howard's path to Navy history

    She has confronted prejudice and resistance from her Induction Day in 1978 to her recent years as a flag officer.

    • Jan. 4, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pull-ups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year. So the Corps is delaying the requirement. All the service branches are working on devising standards, training and other policies needed to open thousands of combat roles to women in 2016. Bruce Smith / AP

    Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to int

    • Jan. 3, 2014
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      12:44 PM, Apr. 16, 2014
  3. Marines open infantry training to hundreds more female officers

    The opportunity for women to attend the Marines' Infantry Officer Course experiment won't be limited to entry-level officers for much longer....

      10:08 AM, Jul. 12, 2014
  4. HQ reorganization: Over 3K to lose jobs

    The Air Force will cut thousands of headquarters jobs as it consolidates installations management across the service and aims to streamline base services and amenities for airmen....

      9:16 AM, Jul. 20, 2014
  5. Be an Army hacker: This top secret cyber unit wants you

    Army Cyber Command is looking for computer-savvy troops to turn into crack cyberwarriors. ...

      8:45 AM, Apr. 8, 2013
  6. Marines open infantry training to hundreds more female officers

    The opportunity for women to attend the Marines' Infantry Officer Course experiment won't be limited to entry-level officers for much longer....

      10:08 AM, Jul. 12, 2014
  7. Active-duty O-4 promotions released

    The following active-duty line officers have been selected for promotion to lieutenant commander, according to a fleetwide message, ALNAV 055/14, released Tuesday:...

      1:21 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
  8. HQ reorganization: Over 3K to lose jobs

    The Air Force will cut thousands of headquarters jobs as it consolidates installations management across the service and aims to streamline base services and amenities for airmen....

      9:16 AM, Jul. 20, 2014
  9. Officer promotion list for August is out

    The Army has announced the active-component officers selected for promotion in August....

      9:17 AM, Jul. 20, 2014
  10. July sergeant first class promotions, last names A-J

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      4:50 PM, Jun. 24, 2013
  11. Retraining opportunities: The list of what stays and what goes

    Air Force Times has obtained the list of 23 career fields that some airmen will still be able to retrain into this year....

      2:22 PM, Nov. 29, 2013
  12. Senior chief advancements: Machinist's mate to yeoman

    Barnard Evan...

      3:45 PM, Jun. 24, 2013
  13. Officials: Predictable promotions crucial despite drawdown

    While the Army is trimming the force by tens of thousands, predictability for promotion opportunities is a high priority, Pentagon sources said....

      6:38 PM, Nov. 18, 2013
  14. Generals breaking the rules: Does rank garner privilege or increased scrutiny?

    The offenses span the spectrum. Wasteful spending. Affairs and inappropriate relationships. Violating ethics and travel regulations. Abusing authority and mistreating subordinates. Reprisal. Showing up drunk to work....

      8:38 AM, Jun. 30, 2014
  15. Staff sergeant promotion list released

    The Air Force on Thursday released the list of more than 11,000 airmen who have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant....

      4:31 PM, Aug. 2, 2013
  16. Technical sergeant promotion list released

    The Air Force Thursday released the list of more than 5,600 staff sergeants who have been selected for promotion to technical sergeant....

      3:03 PM, Jun. 29, 2013
  17. Congrats, commander! Active-duty O-5 line selections announced

    The following active duty line officers have been selected for promotion to commander, according to a fleetwide message, ALNAV 041/14, released Thursday:...

      4:13 PM, May 23, 2014
  18. New rules for early exits

    Early outs are back. But before you pack your sea bag and head down the brow — listen up: This isn't like any other early-out program. Officials aren't opening the doors to everybody....

      1:49 PM, May 19, 2014
  19. Army announces sergeant, staff sergeant promotions

    These soldiers will be promoted to sergeant or staff sergeant in February, Army officials announced Thursday. They can expect to be promoted as of Feb. 1:...

      11:36 AM, Jan. 24, 2014
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