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Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

  • 12/03/2015 - 15:17

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    Starting in January, Defense Secretary Carter announced Thursday, all military jobs in all branches will be open and available to women. Carter said that his decision to open all jobs to women was shared by the secretaries of the Navy, Army and Air Force and the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Only one military leader, Gen. Joseph Dunford - then the Marine Corps Commandant, now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - recommended keeping some positions closed to women.

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America's Future Conflicts: The Gray Zone

  • 12/01/2015 - 15:28

    The "Gray Zone" - the place between peace and all-out war - is an area that is becoming more and more common in conflicts today. With conflicts like Russia and Ukraine/Crimea and ISIS all happening in this Gray Zone, it's not something that can be ignored by the military. This Gray Zone is the subject of a white paper released in September by the US Special Operations Command, based at MacDill Air Force Base.

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New VA Proposal to Streamline Outside Care

  • 11/19/2015 - 11:00

    The Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled a plan earlier this week that would give veterans much better and more streamlined access to private doctors and hospitals - but not without some upfront costs.

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Army Captain to Receive Nation's Highest Honor

  • 11/12/2015 - 11:02

    Army Captain Florent Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor this week at a White House ceremony, for actions in Asadabad, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012.

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Ranger School is Open for Women!

  • 11/04/2015 - 09:01

    And just like that, the Army's Ranger School is open to both men and women - without exclusions, exceptions, or fanfare.

    One indication that women in Ranger School is now the norm - the Army is treating this class like all the other Ranger candidate classes, and not giving away any information about the students. When asked about the number of women in this class, Fort Benning spokesman Bob Purtiman responded, "We are now running an integrated Ranger course...We are going to treat this like we do the other schools — such as Airborne — in which we don't release that information."

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