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The Navy has scrapped its two-century-old enlisted ratings system that identified sailors by their occupation and military rank in a plan to provide them greater career flexibility, the service announced Thursday.


Army announces new commander of 1st Infantry Division after relieving general

Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, the commander of the National Training Center, will lead the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley in Kansas after the Army relieved Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby of command, the Pentagon said Thursday.


Carter: US-Philippines relationship is 'ironclad'

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Thursday that the United States will continue to invest in five military bases in the Philippines as the relationship between the two countries remains “ironclad.”


Military spending, pay raises among unfinished business as Congress recesses

The lights will stay on in the Pentagon and troops will get paid on time, at least through early December, after Congress averted a government shutdown with a last-minute, temporary budget deal Wednesday night.


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Congress allows IVF coverage for wounded vets, with limits

Wounded veterans hoping to start families appeared to win a significant victory Thursday with a new law allowing coverage of fertility treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs.



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Congress members question whether SpaceX should conduct its own investigation

Under federal law, SpaceX is allowed to conduct its own investigation, but Congress members said the investigation responses raised “serious concerns about the authority provided to commercial providers and the protection of national space assets.”


Lead in water at Wiesbaden base being addressed

Five faucets at youth service buildings on Clay Kaserne have been replaced or will be replaced after drinking water from them tested positive for elevated lead levels during a routine examination by Installation Management Command Europe.


Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting

Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies.


Top Philippine diplomat assures US after Duterte's remarks about maritime drills

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the president’s remarks referred just to ending joint military patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He said Duterte and the Philippines continue to respect all treaty arrangements and commitments with the U.S.


Group calls for Darfur chemical weapons investigation

Amnesty International is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take action over reports that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons in Darfur.


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Congress members question whether SpaceX should conduct its own investigation

Under federal law, SpaceX is allowed to conduct its own investigation, but Congress members said the investigation responses raised “serious concerns about the authority provided to commercial providers and the protection of national space assets.”


Lead in water at Wiesbaden base being addressed

Five faucets at youth service buildings on Clay Kaserne have been replaced or will be replaced after drinking water from them tested positive for elevated lead levels during a routine examination by Installation Management Command Europe.


Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting

Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies.


Top Philippine diplomat assures US after Duterte's remarks about maritime drills

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the president’s remarks referred just to ending joint military patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He said Duterte and the Philippines continue to respect all treaty arrangements and commitments with the U.S.


Group calls for Darfur chemical weapons investigation

Amnesty International is calling on the U.N. Security Council to take action over reports that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons in Darfur.



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A Marine abused at boot camp explains why he spoke out

"They say it's a rite of passage to us," said former Pvt. Thomas Jacob Weaver. "That that's why they put us through hell. But in no way is it benefiting us, or anything. It's pointless. I just felt like someone has to say something."


Memorial honors Beale U-2 pilot, a 20-year military veteran

Lt. Col. Ira Steve “Shooter” Eadie, a U-2 spy plane pilot, was killed Sept. 20 after ejecting from his plane shortly before it crashed in California.


Obama approves naming port after El Paso war hero

With the president's signature now on paper, the Tornillo port of entry will officially be named after a highly decorated World War I veteran from El Paso: U.S. Army Pvt. Marcelino Serna.


Coast Guard gets help from Hawaii hearing distress call from sailboat in Alaska

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't.


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A Marine abused at boot camp explains why he spoke out

"They say it's a rite of passage to us," said former Pvt. Thomas Jacob Weaver. "That that's why they put us through hell. But in no way is it benefiting us, or anything. It's pointless. I just felt like someone has to say something."


Memorial honors Beale U-2 pilot, a 20-year military veteran

Lt. Col. Ira Steve “Shooter” Eadie, a U-2 spy plane pilot, was killed Sept. 20 after ejecting from his plane shortly before it crashed in California.


Obama approves naming port after El Paso war hero

With the president's signature now on paper, the Tornillo port of entry will officially be named after a highly decorated World War I veteran from El Paso: U.S. Army Pvt. Marcelino Serna.


Coast Guard gets help from Hawaii hearing distress call from sailboat in Alaska

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't.



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