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US Expands Fight Against ISIL

The United States military now has the authority to launch air strikes to combat Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, in a move that expands the rules of engagement (ROE) for US forces fighting militants in the Middle East.

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A-10 Spared Indefinitely - For Now

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It was predicted back in November by Air Combat Command commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle, but it wasn't official until the Air Force just recently - but for right now, the A-10 Warthog is safe from a premature retirement!

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Study Requests Volunteers for All-MRE Diet

The Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine is looking for volunteers to eat nothing but Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for 3 weeks, in order to both improve the MRE and help deployed troops combat sickness.

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TRADOC To Expand Credentialing Program in 2016

The Army is hoping to expand its credentialing program in the upcoming year, by expanding the ability for soldiers to earn credentials in every MOS for free through the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). These credentials not only help soldiers translate their military experience and knowledge into civilian career opportunities, but they also help soldiers obtain points towards promotion while within the military.

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First Annual Health of the Force Report Released

The Army Surgeon General's office has released its first "Health of the Force" report, which gives Army leadership an overview of health factors and conditions that effect readiness, as well as providing a rating of the health at several different Army installations throughout the country.

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Women in the Draft? The Process Begins

With the recent announcement by Defense Secretary Carter that starting next year all military jobs will be open for women, there was just one final aspect of military service that was restricted to males only - the draft.

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Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

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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

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

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

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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