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  1. Soldiers are the only U.S. service members who aren't allowed to roll up their sleeves. Rob Curtis / Staff

    The right to bare arms: Soldiers demand rolled sleeves in summer

    For Spc. Milt Perkins, the summer heat at Fort Polk is like a Louisiana steam bath.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  2. A soldier participates in a tactile belt experiment. Vibrations on the belt can direct a soldier's movements without the platoon leader having to say a word. Connie Fore / via Army

    Tactile belts let soldiers feel their way through the field

    Soldiers may develop a sixth sense for combat, but the Army's not done working on the other five.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet June 25 in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Vasily Maximov / AP

    West to Putin: Prove commitment to Ukraine peace

    The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  4. Next-gen gas mask cooler, more comfortable

    The rollout of the Army's new gas mask is underway, but researchers already have plans for the next-gen model: An integrated mask-helmet design with a battery-powered, fan-driven air filtration system.

    • May. 27, 2014
  5. A swatch of Scorpion camouflage. The Army is adopting a variation of this camo to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern on ACUs.

    Army selects new camo pattern

    The Army has decided on a new camo to replace the unpopular Universal Camouflage Pattern on your ACUs— and the selection is very similar to MultiCam.

    • May. 23, 2014
  6. Defense Secretary Hagel speaks ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's office on , May 16 in Jerusalem. Mandel Ngan/The Associated Press

    Hagel: Accountability needed in VA system

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast Friday that the focus of an investigation into alleged delayed treatments and deaths in the Veterans Administration's health care system should be to 'fix the problem' rather than fire VA Secret

    • May. 23, 2014
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    House panel seeks to halt controversial Army hair regulations

    Black women aren't the only group who have a problem with the Army's new hairstyle standards — House lawmakers don't like them either.

    • May. 7, 2014
  8. Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood, a trained sniper, displays the tattoo on his left arm. Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood

    Kentucky guardsman sues over tattoo rules

    A Kentucky National Guard soldier with aspirations of joining a U.S. Army special operations unit wants a federal judge to overturn the military's new regulations concerning soldiers with tattoos.

    • May. 1, 2014
  9. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Hagel directs all services to review hairstyle policy

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed all of the services to review their hairstyle policies in response to a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus.

    • Apr. 29, 2014
  10. Petition: Tan beret only for the Ranger regiment

    A petition calling for the tan beret to be authorized for wear only by soldiers in the 75th Ranger Regiment has garnered more than 2,500 signatures in less than a week.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over hairstyle ban

    Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  12. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Army: Female focus group helped determine new hair rules

    The Army's new hair rules, which ban a number of styles popular among black women, were approved only after surveying hundreds of senior enlisted female soldiers as part of a focus group led by a female sergeant major, an official said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  13. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black female soldiers say new grooming reg is 'racially biased'

    Thousands of soldiers and others have signed a White House petition calling for the president to order the Army to reconsider just-released appearance and grooming regulations they contend are 'racially biased' against black women.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  14. The Army's new appearance regs tighten up rules for tattoos. The regulation, AR-670-1 took effect Monday. Tony Karumba / Getty Images

    It's official: Army's new appearance reg takes effect

    The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1, with new rules on tattoos, hairstyles, grooming and uniform wear, went into effect Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  15. New regulations say that soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or the knee; tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer's hand. David Goldman/The Associated Press

    New Army grooming, appearance regs leaked online

    Details of the Army's highly anticipated revisions to grooming and uniform regulations leaked online Thursday, just days before the document was set to go into effect.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  16. MultiCam maker: Camo talks broke down over cost

    Disagreements over fees for MultiCam, a top-performing contender to be the Army's main camouflage pattern, have emerged as the main reason the Army has gone in search of a new pattern.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
  17. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  18. The Army is finalizing a pamphlet that will educate soldiers on the new rules. David Goldman/AP

    Army secretary approves new grooming, uniform regs

    Army Secretary John McHugh on Thursday approved a long-awaited revision to grooming and uniform regulations, according to an Army statement.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  19. An Army source says the service is looking to wear-test a digital pattern that incorporates the colors found in MultiCam camouflage, shown here. 1st Lt. Cory Titus/Army

    Source: Army to wear-test digital MultiCam pattern

    The Army will soon wear-test a digital camouflage pattern inspired by MultiCam, a source tells Army Times.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  20. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
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