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  1. The F-35C is scheduled to make its first trap on the carrier Nimitz on Nov. 3. Layne Laughter/Navy

    Navy F-35 starts first sea trials with new tailhook

    If all goes according to plan, the F-35C Lightning II jet will roar into its first flattop trap Nov. 3 as news cameras roll, an event 17 years in the making.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  2. The promotion system changes emphasize an airman's most recent performance and establish minimum test scores for moving up. Mike Morones/Staff

    Air Force promotion system changes: Only recent EPRs will count

    Starting next year, enlisted airmen will start with a clean slate each time they come up for promotion.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  3. 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
  4.  Defense Department

    OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal

    Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  5. 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
  6. The Community College of the Air Force processes transcripts and diplomas which are sent to the Maxwell Air Force Base mailing center. Over 8,000 transcripts were put on hold because of a contracting issue. Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes/Air Force

    Delayed CCAF transcripts going out to airmen today

    Airmen who've been waiting for their Community College of the Air Force transcripts can breathe easier soon.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  7. Vehicles leave Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, in 2013. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Possible Islamic State leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico

    Officials have launched an investigation into leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., which 'may or may not be associated with the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State,' base spokesman Maj.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  8. A soldier from a U.S. Army Fox Chemical Reconnaissance team of the Tenth Cavalry Division stands up wind at a distance determined safe by his superior officer, at a site containing suspicious drums full of unknown liquid, outside Baiji, Iraq, April 28, 2003. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    DoD to monitor troops exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons

    The Defense Department will provide medical assessments and health surveillance for troops and veterans exposed to chemical agents during the 2003-2011 Iraq War who may not have received proper treatment, senior officials said.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  9. The Pentagon is seen from the air on August 25, 2013. Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images

    Military sex survey draws complaints

    Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  10. 2 Fort Campbell soldiers arrested in Nashville

    A pair of Fort Campbell soldiers have been arrested after police say they caused a disturbance at a downtown bar before returning to the business with a pistol.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  11. JBLM airmen monitored after Ebola missions, not quarantined

    Lewis-McChord airmen who fly Ebola aid missions to west Africa are being monitored but are not subject to quarantine.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  12. In this file photo taken July 28, a motorist passes by a flag of the Islamic State group at the entrance of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. The Associated Press

    Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

    The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  13. Former SEAL, author of bin Laden book, is under criminal probe

    U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  14.  Staff Sgt. Benjamin German/Air Force

    Charts: 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
  15. 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
  16. Few big changes expected in Congress' defense agenda

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

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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