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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French train heroes: Foiling attack gives new view on 9/11

Three Americans who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train talked about the significance of 9/11 on Friday at a festive parade hosted by their California hometown and in an interview to air on national television.
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Huge political shake-up as UK's Labor Party gets new leader

Veteran far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party on Saturday, a runaway victory that threatens to further divide the party as it struggles to recover from a heavy defeat in elections earlier this year.
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Cuba will pardon 3,522 prisoners before Pope Francis visits

The Cuban government will pardon 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis' upcoming visit, the state-run online news outlet reported. The pardons come after Cuba released 53 political prisoners as part of the historic deal in December to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States.
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Germany ambassador says the migrant crisis is changing the face of Europe

Europe's migrant crisis caught the continent's leaders unprepared and is "a huge challenge that will not be over soon," Germany's ambassador to Washington, Peter Wittig, said Friday.
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