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  1. U.S. European Command has told the military services in Europe to consider imposing limits on where service members can wear their uniforms off base, a EUCOM spokesman told Military Times on Monday. Air Force

    EUCOM may limit where troops can wear uniforms off base

    Troops stationed in Europe may face new restrictions on where they can wear their uniforms off base.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  2. Commandant Gen. James Amos has decided not to change the color of enlisted rank insignia from black to brushed brass, or to make the cross-body Sam Browne belt mandatory for officers' 'Alpha' and 'Bravo' dress uniforms, two possible changes that the Marine Corps Uniform Board proposed in an open survey to Marines in August. Marine Corps graphic

    Commandant says no to proposed uniform changes

    Junior enlisted Marines will just have to keep squinting when a staff non-commissioned officer walks by.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  3. Marines will need to have two pairs of the Rugged All Terrain Boots by Oct. 1, 2015. Those who've deployed to Afghanistan have been required to buy RAT boots since 2009, and they've been optional for wear with utility uniforms. Courtesy of Danner

    Marine recruits, officer candidates to get new Rugged All Terrain boots

    Changes are afoot. Starting in October, recruits and officer candidates will get the new Rugged All Terrain boot, a familiar piece of footwear that will replace the Marine Corps Combat Boot.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  4. A view of the New Blance 950v2, an American-made shoe the company hopes could be adopted as standard-issue to recruits. New Balance

    New Balance pitches DoD on standard-issue shoe for recruits

    New Balance has unveiled a sneaker prototype that could become standard-issue in boot camp and spell an end to the cash allowances that let recruits buy foreign-made shoes.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  5. First look at the new ribbon for Marine combat instructors

    The Marine Corps has released the first images of the service's new combat instructor ribbon.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  6. Consumer Watch: Here's where to turn if you need help buying food

    A recent study by the nonprofit Feeding America concludes that one out of four military households is getting charitable feeding assistance — such as groceries from food banks.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  7. A view of the New Blance 950v2, an American-made shoe the company hopes could be adopted as standard-issue to recruits. New Balance

    New Balance pitches DoD on standard-issue shoe for recruits

    New Balance has unveiled a sneaker prototype that could become standard-issue in boot camp and spell an end to the cash allowances that let recruits buy foreign-made shoes.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  8. Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Morrison, a combat instructor at School of Infantry-East, supervises as student as he calls in mortar targets. A new ribbon was approved by the Navy secretary for Marines who successfully complete a special duty assignment tour as a combat instructor. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul S. Mancuso/Marine Cor

    New ribbon for combat instructors

    After more than a decade of anticipation, the Marine Corps is unveiling a new ribbon for combat instructors. The change comes just weeks after the service announced cuts to special duty assignment pay.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20.  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
  21. 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
  22. 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

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