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  1.  Staff Sgt. Benjamin German/Air Force

    Air Force announces promotion system changes

    Under the Air Force's new enlisted promotion system, enlisted performance report scores will carry a great deal more weight.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  2. Soldiers will be screened quarterly to ensure they meet the requirements of their MOS. Those who fail to meet these requirements will be reclassified or involuntarily separated. Sgt. William Tanner/Army

    Soldiers who don't meet MOS requirements will be reclassified or kicked out

    Regular Army enlisted soldiers who are not qualified in their MOS will be reclassified or involuntarily separated under a new quality control program launched by Human Resources Command.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  3. Members of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion practice boarding and searching ships. For the first time, MARSOC operators are participating in Exercise Bold Alligator, a large-scale amphibious exercise held in the Atlantic Ocean. Marine Corps

    MARSOC Marines embrace amphibious role during Bold Alligator

    A special operations company from MARSOC will launch from Navy ships and augment larger Marine missions at Bold Alligator this year as the Corps embraces a concept that has elite forces and fleet Marines working in tandem.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  4. Service members are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the political process, according to the annual Military Times Poll. Visar Kryeziu/ / The Associated Press

    Military Times poll: Troops fed up with politics

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Pettigrew feels like he should vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 4.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  5. Few big changes expected in Congress' defense agenda

    The more lawmakers change, the more things stay the same.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  6. 5 defense/veterans races to watch on election night

    Current House member Cotton, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army, has held a steady lead in the polls over Pryor, the Democratic incumbent, in one of the key races that could flip control of the Senate to the Republicans.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  7. NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan

    NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  8. Firefighters examine the scene where a jet crashed into a field near Naval Station Ventura County near Port Hueneme, Calif., on Oct. 29. Johnny Corona / AP

    Civilian pilot killed in crash after exercise with Navy identified

    Authorities say a civilian pilot killed in a jet crash during a military training exercise near a California Navy base was a 45-year-old Utah resident.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  9. The U.S. Education Department estimates that about 1,400 colleges serving 840,000 students won't pass its new accountability rules. Nick Tomecek/ / The Associated Press

    For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

    For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  10. Marine's defense seeks new judge in war crime case

    Attorneys for a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case have asked a judge to remove himself, saying he's incapable of being impartial and objective.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  11. Military commands and individual service members are tightening up on security amid the growing threat posed by the Islamic State. Tech. Sgt. Sandra Niedzwiecki / Air Force

    Islamic State threat prompts new security warnings across U.S. military

    Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  12. Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye, during an Oct. 30 ceremony at Camp Hovey, South Korea, received the helmet that successfully deflected an enemy round in 2012. Army

    Staff sgt. reunited with the helmet that saved his life

    More than two years after he was shot by the enemy in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye was reunited with the helmet that saved his life.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  13. Air Force Capt. Brooke Lake, left, and Capt. Robert Shannon, right, 341st Operations Support Squadron Missile Combat Crew Commander Instructor, goes through a launch procedure checklist during simulation training at Malmstrom Air Force Base earlier this year. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder/Air Force

    15 Air Force officers to be discharged after cheating

    Of the airmen involved in the cheating investigation at Malsmtrom Air Force Base, most of them are now back on the job.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  14. An Iraqi military vehicle burns after an attack by the Islamic State group in western Anbar province, Iraq, on Oct. 5. The Associated Press

    Dempsey: Iraqi Shiites must back expanded mission

    U.S. military leaders want to expand the advise-and-assist mission into Iraq's Anbar province and put combat advisers on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  15. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  16. Marine Cpl. Allan DeVillena II

    No charges against Palm Springs police officers who killed Marine in 2012

    County prosecutors said Thursday that they will not file charges against two Palm Springs police officers who shot and killed an unarmed Marine in the downtown parking garage in 2012.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  17. Iraqi civilians sift through rubble and stand in the ruins of homes that were damaged in fighting after an attack by militants from the Islamic State group, in the Iraqi town of Hit, in western Anbar province, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 6. The Associated Press

    Dempsey: U.S. considering empowering Sunni tribes in Iraq

    The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon is beginning to consider ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq's Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  18. Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III poses for a portrait in 2010 in Oceanside, Calif. AP

    Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court

    The Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  19. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized Congress for being unable to reach a budget compromise. D. Myles Cullen / Defense Department

    Former SecDef Gates blasts lawmakers over sequestration

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates ripped Washington on Thursday over sequestration budget caps, saying Congress' inability to reach a budget compromise was causing 'grave damage' to the U.S.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  20. A group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, airmen, and soldiers, board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on Oct. 19 at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, bound for Monrovia, Liberia, where troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers as part of the Operation United Assistance. Maj. Dale Greer / Air National Guard

    Dover air base wings 'on standby' for Ebola mission

    Dover Air Force Base hasn't been tasked to support the U.S. effort in West Africa to combat Ebola — but the base is reviewing procedures and standing by in case orders to do so arrive.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  21. A South Korean prostitute steps out of a building in Seoul in 2004.. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

    USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls'

    The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  22. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Summer 2014 catalog. AAFES

    Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says

    Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  23.  Air Force

    USAFE tests catchy new approach to airman health

    Sometimes all a campaign needs is a little rebranding.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  24. Filipino activists stage a rally Oct. 18 near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port after the killing transgender Jennifer Laude. Aaron Favila / AP

    Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  25. A handout photograph made available Oct. 30 by the British Ministry of Defence showing A Russian Bear bomber photographed from an intercepting British Royal Air Force Typhoon in international airspace off the coast of Britain on Oct. 29. Sac Robyn Stewart / British Ministry Of Defence

    NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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