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    Capt. David J. Lenzi II Courtesy Capt. David J. Lenzi II

    Opinion: No need to go back to Iraq — the job may be done for us

    There seems to be an awful lot of people who think any excuse to travel to a foreign country and kill people is a good one.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Editorial: MARSOC should disclose its attrition rates

    Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command has overhauled its 10-week fitness program designed to help would-be operators optimally prepare for the rigors of MARSOC's assessment and selection process.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Editorial: Step toward equality

    The Marine Corps should go the final step and allow women candidates who have washed out of the Infantry Officer Course the option to attempt it a second time, just like the men.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
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    Marines with a security cooperation team work with Guatemalan marines during a train-the-trainer session at the Brigada de Infantera de Marina base in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on June 4. Mike Morones/Staff

    SOUTHCOM chief: Central America drug war a dire threat to U.S. national security

    In an exclusive commentary for Military Times, Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, writes that the increasing drug violence destabilizing Latin American countries is a critical and immediate security threat to the United States.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
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    A female Marine lieutenant and her male counterparts at the Infantry Officer Course get their next orders after completing land navigation at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, in July 2013. Staff

    Opinion: Deck stacked against women in experimental task force

    When the secretary of defense rescinded the 1994 'direct ground combat' exclusion policy, he gave the services and Special Operations Command three years to fully integrate women into previously closed occupations and units.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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    Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, listens as Obama makes a statement at the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 30. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

    Editorial: A little bit of honesty at the VA, please

    The White House's nomination of Robert McDonald as the next secretary of veterans affairs offers at least one potential reason for early cautious optimism: his 30-plus years of corporate experience with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

    • Jul. 5, 2014
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    Honduran marines from the Batallón de Infanteria de Marina depart their base June 3 in La Ceiba for an unexpected security mission. The marines often perform missions more aligned with police work than a typical military role. Mike Morones / Staff

    Opinion: While U.S. focuses on Africa, Middle East, it's being outgunned in the Americas

    With terrorist cells spreading across Africa, Russia's confrontational resurgence in Eastern Europe and China's continued quest for dominance throughout the Pacific, the U.S. has its hands full, to say the very least.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
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    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors — both serving and veteran — at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
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    Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter and Cpl. Jonathan Yale Marine Corps

    OpEd: Where Carpenter goes, so too should Yale and Haerter

    Now is a good time to reconsider the case of Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter.

    • Jun. 21, 2014
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    President Obama writes that, as was the case with the veterans who used the first GI Bill 70 years ago, investing in our newest veterans will produce leaders the country needs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Obama: Post-9/11 GI Bill keeps promise to newest vets

    The GI Bill, celebrating its 70th anniversary, has had a huge positive impact on the lives of millions of veterans over the years. President Obama says the generous Post-9/11 GI Bill continues to transform lives as one of the 'smartest investments' the nation has ever made.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    OpEd: Stop saying vets sacrificed 'for nothing' in Iraq

    I hate talking about it, but I will because people are doing a terrible job interpreting Iraq's collapse.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  2.  Cpl. Randy L. Bernard/Marine Corps

    5 questions: Cutting benefits for military retirees

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Slear has touched the third rail of military and veterans' issues with an opinion piece arguing that a 'very small decrease in pay' for military retirees would be reasonable, considering the need for the U.S.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
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    An image made from video released April 7, 2010, by the the Taliban shows U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Site Intelligence Group / AP

    Opinion: Don't judge Bowe Bergdahl, that's the Pentagon's job

    If the evidence strongly indicates that then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, then he should be prosecuted on the appropriate charges.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
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    Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, visits the NTM-A Armor Branch School on Aug. 15 in Afghanistan. ISAF Media

    Editorial: Challenges ahead for CMC

    Gen. Joseph Dunford's nod from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as the next commandant had the enthusiastic backing of an A-list of Marine Corps leadership.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
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    Opinion: PTSD needs a new narrative

    Jim Mattis is on a mission to change the way America views today's generation of combat veterans by re-examining the conventional narrative about post traumatic stress and doing more to highlight those who leave the service and succeed.

    • May. 31, 2014
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    After five years on the job, it is time for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down. Rob Curtis/staff

    Editorial: Army Times says VA's Shinseki must step down

    The VA scandal over alleged 'secret wait lists' for health care appointments, which may have contributed to the deaths of dozens of veterans whose treatment was delayed, is still unfolding.

    • May. 16, 2014
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    American Legion commander: Shinseki must go

    A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, General Eric Shinseki has served his country well. His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach.

    • May. 5, 2014
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    A Marine hugs his mom after returning from deployment. May is Military Appreciation Month. Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Marine Corps

    Editorial: Appreciating veterans — the right way

    Today marks Day One of the 15th annual celebration of Military Appreciation Month. Yet much of the nation still has no clue about how to truly appreciate the military that makes great sacrifices to keep them safe.

    • May. 1, 2014
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    Hayden on pay and benefits reform: Repeat mistakes, break the force

    The goal of the Military Officers Association of America is to promote the common defense by sustaining a strong all-volunteer force and ensure our nation keeps its reciprocal commitments to current and previous generations of career troops and families.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Korb on pay and benefits reform: Inaction carries heavy cost

    I am proud to be one of the 23 million living American men and women who have earned the title of veteran by serving our country in the nation's armed forces.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  3. Opinion: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt

    On Monday, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, a benefit that provides unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 with 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, is set to expire — possibly leaving a number of veterans seeking careers in high-dema

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  4. The creators of 'Enlisted' have demonstrated a sincere effort to normalize America's view of troops. Fox

    EDITORIAL: Army Times calls on Fox to give 'Enlisted' better time slot

    The Fox network's new military comedy, 'Enlisted,' appears to have hit its stride, but stagnant ratings after the show's disappointing pilot episode threaten to torpedo its chances of being picked up for a second season.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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    Opinion: Educational equality for military families is worth fighting for

    As a nation, we must regularly ask if we are satisfying our commitment to the men and women of America's armed forces. Frequent debate revolves around military pay, housing and medical attention.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
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    Opinion: Critical success factors for online education

    Active-duty service members and veterans tend to be nontraditional students — more likely to be married, have children, and to hold down a job while going to school.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
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