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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. No backdoor pay raise for top brass, official says

    The latest Pentagon budget calls for a one-year pay freeze for all general and flag officers.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  8. 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
  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. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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