PT Standards May Lower for Women in Combat

After the mandate in January from the Defense Secretary that both the Army and Marines open many combat jobs to women, the Marines opened up some combat training courses to women and the results have been interesting.

US Navy and Marines Helping in Philippines

The US Navy is beginning full-scale relief operations in the Philippines, after the devastating typhoon Haiyan caused enormous death and destruction on Nov. 8.

Marine Corps Commandant Decision Due in Camp Bastion Attack

After the surprise attack on Camp Bastion in September 2012, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos requested an investigation to determine if the top commander in the area Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus, or other members of his staff, share some responsibility.

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DoD Looking at Reducing BAH

One of the most popular benefits of serving in the military, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), may be one of the next programs that suffers at the hands of sequestration.

Marines May End Up with Only 150,000 In Coming Years

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was discussing possible effects of sequestration he only briefly mentioned the Marine Corps. The outlook was quite bleak, however, with the Corps size to be reduced to as few as 150,000 Marines.

Most Decorated Marine Receives Another Honor

The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps has installed an 8-foot statue of legendary Marine Lt. General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller to celebrate the Marine Corps most decorated Marine.

Lt. Gen. Puller joined the Marines in 1917, inspired by the United States' involvement in World War I. Although he never fought in that conflict, he did see action in Haiti as a corporal and then in Nicaragua as a 2nd Lieutenant, where he received his both his first and second Navy Cross.

Arlington National Cemetery Releases App

At the Association of the United States Army convention in Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery unveiled to the public a smartphone and web app allowing access to the extensive electronic records of those buried there.

The app allows anyone to search records based on personal information, and search results display full name, date of birth and death, as well as photographs of the front and back of the headstone. Also available for viewing through the app are monuments and memorials dedicated to specific military units, as well as a list of well-known service members that are buried in Arlington.

Marine Corps to Educate Marines on Supplement Use

In an effort to educate Marines about the various nutritional supplements available to them, the Corps is instituting Operation Supplement Safety, an education campaign running through November.

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UN: 980 people killed in Iraq in December, including 506 civilians

Violence has claimed the lives of 980 Iraqis in December, up from 888 the previous month, the United Nations said on Friday.
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Suppressed 2004 list of costs foretold Guantanamo as 'most expensive prison on Earth'

In 2005, a desk officer at the Defense Department dutifully assembled facts and figures, the cost of doing business, at the place the Miami Herald would later dub "the most expensive prison on Earth."
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Pakistan army chief confirms death sentences for 9 militants

Pakistan's army chief has confirmed nine death sentences awarded by military courts over a series of attacks that killed dozens of security officials and civilians in recent years.
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Flooding forcing evacuations, traffic troubles in Missouri

Floodwater was starting to recede at some water-logged Midwestern communities Thursday, but hundreds of homes were damaged, hundreds more remained evacuated, and getting through St. Louis by car, boat or train was increasingly difficult.
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