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  1. A prototype helmet with jaw protection and visor is undergoing testing. David Kamm / Natick Soldier Research

    Research raises concerns for new helmet design

    Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  2. Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform  including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. Recent surveys on proposed uniform changes have sparked calls from Marines for another review of tattoo policies and the ban on silkies for unit PT. There are no current plans by Marine leadership to do so, however. David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press

    Marines call on CMC to bring back silkies and tattoos

    The Marine Corps recently released a survey asking Marines what they think about the Sam Browne belt, brass collar insignias for enlisted, and changes to the dates for sleeves up and sleeves down.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims Photo courtesy HM2 Jessica Sims

    Hagel changes hair policy after controversy

    Dreadlocks, cornrows, twisted braids and other hairstyles popular among African American women will be more accepted across the military after a forcewide review of hairstyle policies prompted several changes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  5. Corps officials are surveying Marines on two proposed hairstyle changes for women, including dreadlocks and twists. Microbraids, shown here, were recently authorized, but they must cover the Marine's entire head. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps weighs new hair regulations for women

    The Marine Corps' Uniform Board is seeking feedback from all Marines on two proposed hairstyle changes for women.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  6. A MARSOC Marine downrange sports the iconic Marine Raiders patch, though it's not officially approved for wear. Level Zero Heroes via Facebook

    Raiders name hailed as token of distinction for MARSOC

    As far as Nick Koumalatsos is concerned, MARSOC operators were Raiders all along.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  7. A MARSOC Marine downrange sports the iconic Marine Raiders patch, though it's not officially approved for wear. Level Zero Heroes via Facebook

    MARSOC units renamed for the Marine Raiders

    The fabled Marine Raiders live again, if in name only. The commandant of the Marine Corps said Wednesday that Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command will be renamed and rebranded in honor of the elite World War II unit.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  8. Soldiers are the only U.S. service members who aren't allowed to roll up their sleeves. Rob Curtis / Staff

    The right to bare arms: Soldiers demand rolled sleeves in summer

    For Spc. Milt Perkins, the summer heat at Fort Polk is like a Louisiana steam bath.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  9. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet June 25 in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Vasily Maximov / AP

    West to Putin: Prove commitment to Ukraine peace

    The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  10. Defense Secretary Hagel speaks ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's office on , May 16 in Jerusalem. Mandel Ngan/The Associated Press

    Hagel: Accountability needed in VA system

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast Friday that the focus of an investigation into alleged delayed treatments and deaths in the Veterans Administration's health care system should be to 'fix the problem' rather than fire VA Secret

    • May. 23, 2014
  11. More female Marines to wear male dress blues

    More female Marines will wear a version of the male dress blue coat, with its iconic mandarin collar in coming months as the Marine Corps expands field testing of a new prototype to determine if the new look should become the servicewide standard.

    • May. 19, 2014
  12.  Army

    House panel seeks to halt controversial Army hair regulations

    Black women aren't the only group who have a problem with the Army's new hairstyle standards House lawmakers don't like them either.

    • May. 7, 2014
  13. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Hagel directs all services to review hairstyle policy

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed all of the services to review their hairstyle policies in response to a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus.

    • Apr. 29, 2014
  14. U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines fire mortars at Taliban positions from inside their base at Now Zad in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday June 22, 2009. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) David Guttenfelder / AP

    Sorry, Marines: no return of silkies imminent

    The guns may be out, but the upper thighs are staying covered, at least for the foreseeable future.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  15. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  16. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos wears his sleeves rolled at a 2011 reception. His wife, Bonnie, gave him a hard time when he banned the uniform tradition later that same year. Sgt. Ben J. Flores / Marine Corps

    Amos: My wife was all over me about sleeves down

    Marine noncommissioned officers weren't the only ones complaining after the Marine Corps banned rolled sleeves on camouflage utilities in 2011. Gen. Jim Amos' wife, Bonnie, also opposed the change.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
  17.  Gunnery Sgt. Manuel Lopez

    Marines greet new sleeves-up order with cheers, confusion

    Despite the waves of happiness sweeping through the ranks in response to the new 'Sun's out, guns out' order, Pfc. Madison Randolph could only think one thing: 'Oh crap.'

    • Mar. 1, 2014
  18. Marines will again roll their sleeves up like these Marines of 1st Marine Division standing in formation during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Lance Cpl. Tyler Reiriz/Marine Corps

    Sleeves up! Here's why the commandant reversed unpopular uniform policy

    The Marine Corps' two-year-old 'sleeves down' policy ended with an announcement late Tuesday night on the Marines' official social media platforms. But a spokesman for the commandant, Gen.

    • Feb. 26, 2014
  19. Next-gen body armor: Modular Scalable Vest Via MARCORSYSCOM

    Next-generation body armor will fight fatigue on the battlefield

    Marine officials have field-tested modular, next-generation body armor prototypes designed to alleviate fatigue while providing troops with a single vest system for all circumstances.

    • Feb. 8, 2014
  20. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014

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