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  1. Naval aircrewmen (mechanical) up for E-6 last cycle had an advancement chance of less than 4 percent. Here, AWF2 Fred Johnson inspects cargo pallets at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas. MC2 Daniel Young/Navy

    As billets drop, board convenes to set future of troubled ratings

    Between 2005 and 2009, Navy officials converted all naval aircrewmen into five service ratings, but manning and advancement challenges have officials rethinking part of that move and have led them to set up an advisory board to consider their options.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  2. Staff Sgt. David VanMeter, 1-222nd Aviation Regiment, works to become one of the Army's Master Fitness Trainers at Fort Eustis, Va. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Army PT overhaul: Master fitness trainers' will dispatch to all units

    Twelve soldiers their backs ramrod straight, sweaty and spattered in mud lowered to the grass in unison. They were doing pushups the right way the Army way with their elbows tucked close to their bodies.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  3. Three-quarters of Americans ages 17 to 24 are unfit for military duty in part because they are overweight, according to a 2010 report by a group of retired military leaders. Getty Images

    AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

    The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  4. The frigate Taylor leaves Mayport, Fla., in January for a seven-month deployment, scheduled to be its last. Experts say the Navy will have to scramble to find ships to fill all of the missions performed by the disappearing class. MC2 Marcus L. Stanley/Navy

    Retiring frigates may leave some missions unfilled

    The Navy may be shedding all its frigates by the end of next year, but the ships are still busy and in high demand creating a dilemma for the Navy over which ships will pick up their missions.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  5. Libyans condemn and urge for an end of war during a protest at the Algeria Square on Saturday in Tripoli, Libya. The Libyan government warned on Friday of the possibility of a break-up of the country if clashes between rival militias for control of Tripoli airport went on. Calling for an end to 13 days of conflict around the airport, the interim government warned of 'the collapse of the country' and 'the destruction which could result from ... endless war'. Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

    F-16s and Ospreys take lead during embassy-evacuation mission in Libya

    The U.S. Embassy in strife-torn Libya was evacuated early Saturday, under cover of American warplanes and spy aircraft, according to the State Department and the Pentagon.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  6. Ron Dickey The Clarion-Ledger

    Congressional candidate defends special forces claims

    A Mississippi congressional candidate called out by the Special Forces community for describing himself as a Green Beret says he stands by what he has said, even if it should have been phrased differently.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  7. 2 Fort Carson soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    Two soldiers based at Fort Carson were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  8. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters Jan. 26 in Helena, Mont. Matt Volz / The Associated Press

    Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  9. Married couple Sgt. Cristian Saldana and Spc. Nicholas Harriel in front of their home. Sarah Dixon/The Leaf-chronicle

    Gay soldiers at Fort Campbell open up on coming out

    Spc. Corderra Dews, 24, was living in Austin, Texas, and openly gay before he joined the Army in 2011, a couple of months before the end of 'don't ask, don't tell,' the policy that kept gay soldiers in the closet at the risk of losing their jobs.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  10. Elizabeth City close to becoming Coast Guard City

    For years, Elizabeth City has been a host to Coast Guard crewmembers and their families, and it's a little closer to making that hospitality official.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  11. Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski whose daughter, 25-year-old Fatima, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sit on part of the wreckage of the crashed aircraft in Hrabove, Ukraine, on Saturday. The couple who live in Perth, Australia, crossed territory held by pro-Russian rebels to reach the wreckage-strewn farm fields outside the village of Hrabove. They last spoke to Fatima shortly before she boarded the flight for Kuala Lumpur in Amsterdam on July 17. Rudhart-Dyczynski said, 'We have promised our daughter we will come here.' Nicholas Garriga/The Associated Press

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  12. Marines seek authorization for incidental dolphin deaths

    The Marine Corps is asking for a five-year authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training exercises at a bombing and target range.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  13. Logan Rob Curtis/Staff

    Master Fitness Trainers

    The Army has 2,000 master fitness trainers and plans to prep several thousand more. Here's a closer look at three of these PT standouts:

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  14. The exercises

    The Army's Physical Readiness Training program authorizes more than 150 exercises, all spelled out in Field Manual 7-22. They include:

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  15. North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  16. Staff Sgt. Jessica Field runs the obstacle course during her three-week Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Program training. Courtesy photos

    Marines certify female airman as martial arts instructor

    Meet the first female airman to become a certified martial arts instructor through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence at Quantico, Virginia.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  17. From left to right: Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr. and Marine Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson.

    Family of murdered Marine 'betrayed' after Afghan killer gets 7-year sentence

    The family of a Marine killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan says they were outraged to discover this week that the attacker's trial took place recently in an Afghan court without their knowledge.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  18. DoD tightens tuition assistance rules

    Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  19. AFPC outlines options for senior airmen affected by lost promotion tests

    The Air Force is still trying to hunt down promotion test answer sheets for the most recent testing cycle that went MIA after they were mailed via FedEx from Pope Airfield, North Carolina, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Friday.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  20. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Amir Hekmati. AP

    Muslim group seeks pardon for Marine vet convicted in Iran

    A Muslim rights organization is asking Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a pardon or re-trial for a former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges who was accused of working for the CIA.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  21. You're invited: Participate in Military Times' annual reader survey

    How is morale in your unit? Are budget reductions affecting your op-tempo? Are you worried about cuts to your pay and benefits? And what do you think about the crisis in Iraq?

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  22. Gen. Mark Welsh gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's drunken binge on an arms control mission. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    Welsh gives Air Force top ethics marks; Congresswomen say comments are 'troubling'

    The Air Force's top officer gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  23. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money for new amphib falls far short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  24. 1,877 NCOs to move up in August

    The Army plans to promote 1,877 NCO to the ranks of sergeant though sergeant major in August, which is 82 more than in July.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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