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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Cmdr. Richard Massie, left, and Cmdr. Leif Mollo shake hands after receiving the Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award on Dec. 4. Mike Morones/Staff

    Stockdale Award winners credit their sailors at ceremony

    The Navy recognized a former SEAL Team leader and a former ballistic missile submarine commanding officer Wednesday as the year's top skippers leaders who said the credit really belongs to their crews.

    • Dec. 5, 2013
  9. Dempsey to teens: Watch what you post online

    If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general.

    • Dec. 4, 2013
  10. Hagel to cut his staff by 20%; other HQ staffs to follow

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans Wednesday to slash his own office's budget by 20 percent over the next five years,

    • Dec. 4, 2013
    • CAREERS /
    Master-at-Arms Seaman Audrey Warren holds her rifle during land operations on the shore of Cape Fear River during the Riverine Security Team Member course. MC1 Dustin Q. Diaz / Navy

    Women heading to Navy riverine combat jobs

    Anna Schnatzmeyer's face is taut with concentration as she slowly maneuvers the riverine assault boat away from the dock, using the complex controls to try and inch the 34-foot craft straight back without sliding sideways.

    • Nov. 7, 2013
  11. Report: Overhaul career tracks that feed general, admiral ranks

    The U.S. military likes to stock its general and admiral ranks with its best operators the battle commanders, the fighter pilots, the ship captains.

    • Oct. 29, 2013
  12. Vice Adm. Harry Harris Jr. will be promoted to admiral and then take command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet on Wednesday. Navy

    New commander to take over at U.S. Pacific Fleet

    A new commander assumed leadership of the U.S.

    • Oct. 16, 2013
  13. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey Air Force

    2-star in charge of ICBMs fired

    The Air Force fired the two-star general in charge of the service's nuclear missile fleet following an incident of 'personal misbehavior' that occurred several months ago officials said.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  14. Likely new personnel chief supports lower raise

    The Pentagon is likely to get a new chief of its sprawling personnel and readiness directorate, a top official who will oversee major decisions on pay, benefits and other fundamental changes to the way the military manages its people.

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  15. Tech. Sgt. Stacey Shunk, left, and Master Sgt. Angela Shunk, both assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy, are the first Air Force same-sex couple to be accepted for assignments under the join spouse program. Airman Ryan Conroy/Air Force

    Married same-sex couples to get joint assignments

    When Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech Sgt. Stacey Shunk first met in March 2011, openly acknowledging their relationship could have ended both their careers.

    • Sep. 17, 2013
  16. Aaron Alexis AP via FBI

    Criminal past not always a disqualifier in clearance checks

    Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis' ability to get a national security clearance despite a history of arrests, questions about mental illness, and a spotty Navy record looms as a major question the day after the mass shooting that left the 34 year old and 12

    • Sep. 17, 2013
  1. 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....

      8:02 PM, Apr. 15, 2014
  2. 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....

      8:02 PM, Apr. 15, 2014
  3. Report: Few Army women want combat jobs

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      8:18 AM, Feb. 26, 2014
  4. Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

    Standing just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top hatch....

      9:48 AM, Feb. 27, 2014
  5. Being a good cop requires host of skills

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      3:21 PM, Apr. 1, 2013
  6. Being a good cop requires host of skills

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      3:21 PM, Apr. 1, 2013
  7. 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
  8. Thousands of NCOs eligible for new instructor badges

    Soldiers competing for advancement to sergeant and staff sergeant can earn promotion points by serving in positions that lead to the award of the new Army Instructor Badges....

      8:36 AM, Mar. 17, 2014
  9. 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....

      8:02 PM, Apr. 15, 2014
  10. April sergeant, staff sergeant promotions announced

    The following soldiers have been selected for promotion to sergeant and staff sergeant on April 1....

      5:13 PM, Mar. 26, 2014
  11. Boosted bonuses: New rules raise payout ceiling to $100K

    A new war is on the Navy's horizon, one for keeping the best people with the hottest skills in the ranks....

      9:40 AM, Apr. 15, 2014
  12. Date set for master sergeant promotion list

    A selection list containing the names of Regular Army soldiers recommended for promotion to master sergeant will be released Feb. 4....

      7:28 PM, Jan. 28, 2014
  13. Colonel selection list released

    The Army today released the names of active duty officers selected for promotion to colonel. The officers were recommended for promotion by the Army Competitive Category colonel board that met in May....

      6:53 PM, Aug. 29, 2013
  14. Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

    Standing just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top hatch....

      9:48 AM, Feb. 27, 2014
  15. Date set for release of SFC promotion list

    Results of the Regular Army sergeants first class promotion board that met Feb. 4-March 7 will be released April 10....

      1:43 PM, Mar. 28, 2014
  16. Master sgt. board mistakes

    The competition to make master sergeant is like snowboarding at the Olympics. One slip-up and the other guy is standing there with the medal and the smile....

      2:30 PM, Feb. 16, 2014
  17. Thousands of NCOs eligible for new instructor badges

    Soldiers competing for advancement to sergeant and staff sergeant can earn promotion points by serving in positions that lead to the award of the new Army Instructor Badges....

      8:36 AM, Mar. 17, 2014
  18. 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
  19. Date set for release of SFC promotion list

    Results of the Regular Army sergeants first class promotion board that met Feb. 4-March 7 will be released April 10....

      1:43 PM, Mar. 28, 2014
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