COVER STORYNavy leaders pledge support for integrating submarine fleetAs women move closer to changing the face of U.S. Navy submarines, several challenges lie ahead to fully integrate its fleet. Questions remain among submarine advocates about health, living arrangements, boat design and promotion prospects for the first women who would serve as permanent crewmembers aboard U.S. Navy submarines. • Story

Inquiry into Iraq stress clinic shooting reveals institutional failuresDespite years of emphasis on mental health issues, commanders in Iraq lack the necessary tools, training and guidance to deal with at-risk soldiers, according to an Army investigation into mental health services. • Story

British soldiers worry that victories are temporary in Afghanistan“Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it … if it has made any changes at all,” said Edgar, 19, of Perth, Scotland, who is second in command of a section in the 5th Platoon. “I don’t think we should be here, but we’ve been here so long, I think we should stay and finish it.” • Story

A look at the Air Force's new physical fitness standardsThe Air Force will institute new physical fitness standards on Jan. 1. Airmen must achieve a minimum score of 75 out of 100 possible points twice each year to pass. The new test generally has tougher standards, and places greater emphasis on the 1.5-mile run and less on abdominal circumference measurements. • Story

VA adds illnesses to Agent Orange benefits listVeterans Affairs officials added three new illnesses Tuesday to the list of diagnoses connected to Agent Orange, allowing quicker health care claims for Vietnam veterans suffering from Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell leukemia, and ischemic heart disease. • Story

Noted cartoonists visit wounded troops at LandstuhlSome of America's best-known cartoonists began a USO tour of bases in Germany and the Middle East Friday with a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. • Story

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Families sue helicopter contractor over fatal crash30,000 vets still missing first GI Bill checksBill would allow Marine’s widow to stay in U.S.Beloved chaplain recommended for Medal of HonorMarine-turned-astronaut tours bases in JapanShould government or corporations command the battle for cybersecurity?Veterans may get another stimulus check in 2010Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog

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