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Blue Star Offering Free Museum Admission This Summer

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and with it the official start of summer. This summer, the Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Department of Defense have partnered with more than 2,000 museums (in all 50 states) to give free admission for military members and their families.

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NCO Suggestions to Fix the Army

At the end of April at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 79 noncommissioned officers gathered for the 3-day NCO Solarium. The NCO Solarium is a unique chance for the NCO's to discuss problems they have noticed with experts, formulate a solution, and then present that solution to leadership personnel - including Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey.

ArmyTimes.com was able to interview several of the participants in the Solarium about what was discussed:

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19 Women To Begin Ranger School Today UPDATED: 8 Recycled, 11 Out

The 19 women who successfully completed the Ranger Training Assessment Course (RTAC) will begin Ranger School today.

The Army is running a one-time integrated assessment as part of a wider initiative to open as many combat-related MOSs to women as possible. Although the women who complete the Ranger School course will be awarded the much-coveted Ranger tab, they will not be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

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DARPA Tests Guided Bullet


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly known as DARPA has been the birthplace of a lot of advanced military technology, and they are at it again!

Test footage from the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which has been researching guided bullets, has provided the proof that not only will it make a snipers job easier, it can actually make hitting a moving target a trivial issue - even for those with little to no training.

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SMA Dailey's Weekly PT Routine

For the new Sergeant Major of the Army, Dan Dailey, PT time is sacred, and he is trying to spread that enthusiasm throughout the Army.

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The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

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Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.
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Army Tattoo Policy Change Coming!

A new tattoo policy that will do away with the limit on the number and size of permissible tattoos is coming soon, thanks to input from soldiers and officers throughout the Army.

This new policy, which won't take effect until the new revision of Army Regulation 670-1 is published, would allow soldiers (and potential soldiers) to have tattoos on their legs and/or arms as long as the tattoos are not visible while wearing an Army uniform. The ban on neck, head, face, and hand tattoos as well as any tattoos that contain extremist, sexist, or racist content will still be in place, however.

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President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

The Army announced yesterday that it would be pursuing charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army soldier who disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. He will be charged with both desertion and misbehavior before the enemy - charges which could send him to prison for life.

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