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  1. A view of the New Blance 950v2, an American-made shoe the company hopes could be adopted as standard-issue to recruits. New Balance

    New Balance pitches DoD on standard-issue shoe for recruits

    New Balance has unveiled a sneaker prototype that could become standard-issue in boot camp and spell an end to the cash allowances that let recruits buy foreign-made shoes.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  2. A prototype helmet with jaw protection and visor is undergoing testing. David Kamm / Natick Soldier Research

    Research raises concerns for new Army helmet design

    Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  3. The Army is close to announcing changes to its tattoo policy as it pertains to enlisted soldiers hoping to go officer or make warrant. Staff Sgt. Xaime Hernandez/Army

    Tattoo policy changes are coming soon

    Tattooed soldiers seeking to trade in their sergeant's stripes for a lieutenant's bar may soon see some relief from one of the Army's most controversial regulations.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Navy officials have decided to separate Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims, a 12-year sailor, for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle, according to a Wednesday statement from the chief of naval personnel's office. Courtesy of HM2 Jessica Sims

    Officials decide to boot HM2 for her locks

    Navy officials have decided to separate a 12-year African-American sailor for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform — including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims Photo courtesy HM2 Jessica Sims

    Hagel changes hair policy after controversy

    Dreadlocks, cornrows, twisted braids and other hairstyles popular among African American women will be more accepted across the military after a forcewide review of hairstyle policies prompted several changes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  7. The combat uniform is getting several upgrades in the next year, and a new camouflage pattern will roll out starting next summer. Army

    Changes to your combat uniform

    Say goodbye to a lot of that Velcro on the Army Combat Uniform.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  8. Corps officials are surveying Marines on two proposed hairstyle changes for women, including dreadlocks and twists. Microbraids, shown here, were recently authorized, but they must cover the Marine's entire head. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps weighs new hair regulations for women

    The Marine Corps' Uniform Board is seeking feedback from all Marines on two proposed hairstyle changes for women.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  9. The gray shirt of the old PT uniform has been replaced with black. Army

    Army unveils new PT uniforms

    The Army has unveiled sweeping changes to its physical fitness uniform.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  10. Master Sgt. Benjamin Owens models the Army Combat Uniform using the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. Army

    UPDATE: New images show details of new Army camo

    Combat uniforms featuring the service's newest camo pattern will be available for sale starting in the summer of 2015, the Army announced Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17.  Army

    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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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