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  1. 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
  2.  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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  11. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized Congress for being unable to reach a budget compromise. D. Myles Cullen / Defense Department

    Former SecDef Gates blasts lawmakers over sequestration

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates ripped Washington on Thursday over sequestration budget caps, saying Congress' inability to reach a budget compromise was causing 'grave damage' to the U.S.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  12. A South Korean prostitute steps out of a building in Seoul in 2004.. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

    USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls'

    The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  13. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Summer 2014 catalog. AAFES

    Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says

    Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  14. Filipino activists stage a rally Oct. 18 near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port after the killing transgender Jennifer Laude. Aaron Favila / AP

    Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  15. A handout photograph made available Oct. 30 by the British Ministry of Defence showing A Russian Bear bomber photographed from an intercepting British Royal Air Force Typhoon in international airspace off the coast of Britain on Oct. 29. Sac Robyn Stewart / British Ministry Of Defence

    NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  16. Lt. Col. Gerald H. Green III was fired Oct. 9 from his role as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. Courtesy photo

    Update: Ex-Warrior Training Center boss wore unearned Ranger, Sapper tabs

    A lieutenant colonel relieved of his post as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, was not authorized to wear the Ranger and Sapper tabs displayed on his uniform, base officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  17. An aerial view of the lava flow near the town of Pahoa is seen Oct. 29 on the Big Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey / AP

    Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

    The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  18. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  19. Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action

    Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  20. Norway to send training troops to Iraq

    Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  21. Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder

    A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  22. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers patrol an area in the recently recaptured town of Zumar, near Mosul, on Oct. 29. Human Rights Watch says some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were executed when the Islamic State group capture the city. EPA/STR via AFP

    Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover

    An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  23. Fort Edward local Neal Orsini poses with a Rogers' Rangers memorial on Rogers Island on Wednesday in Fort Edward, N.Y. A cemetery on the island could hold the remains of hundreds of people, including some of the famous frontier fighters known as Rogers' Rangers. In 2006, a local couple who served as caretakers for the then-privately owned property uncovered seven human skeletons buried at the site, including one that was missing its skull. Mike Groll / AP

    A Headless Ranger? Mystery at a Rogers Island burial site

    Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century?

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  24. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter that a vote on the The Putting Veterans First Act was 'the right thing for our veterans.' The Associated Press

    Senate to vote on advance funding for VA

    When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  25. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014

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