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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 Army 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. The Army is close to announcing changes to its tattoo policy as it pertains to enlisted soldiers hoping to go officer or make warrant. Staff Sgt. Xaime Hernandez/Army

    Tattoo policy changes are coming soon

    Tattooed soldiers seeking to trade in their sergeant's stripes for a lieutenant's bar may soon see some relief from one of the Army's most controversial regulations.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. 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
  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. The combat uniform is getting several upgrades in the next year, and a new camouflage pattern will roll out starting next summer. Army

    Changes to your combat uniform

    Say goodbye to a lot of that Velcro on the Army Combat Uniform.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  6. The gray shirt of the old PT uniform has been replaced with black. Army

    Army unveils new PT uniforms

    The Army has unveiled sweeping changes to its physical fitness uniform.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  7. Master Sgt. Benjamin Owens models the Army Combat Uniform using the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. Army

    UPDATE: New images show details of new Army camo

    Combat uniforms featuring the service's newest camo pattern will be available for sale starting in the summer of 2015, the Army announced Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  8. Staff Sgt. Adam Thorogood, a Guardsman who served 10 years on active duty, displays the tattoo on his left forearm. He has a total of 11 tattoos, most honoring his service. Photos courtesy Staff Sgt. Adam Thorogood

    Army: Soldier grandfathered in under tattoo policy

    The U.S. Army says a Kentucky National Guard soldier with aspirations of joining a U.S. Army special operations unit is grandfathered in under new regulations concerning soldiers with tattoos and asked a federal judge to dismiss his lawsuit.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  9. Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, pull heavily loaded sleds up Mount McKinley in June. U.S. Army Alaska

    Soldiers climb Mount McKinley, test Army gear

    Eight soldiers battled biting winds, blistering sun and subzero temperatures to scale North America's tallest mountain — and they did it all with Army-issued gear.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  10. Recondo boots Bates Footwear

    New spin on jungle boots: Ripstop camo

    Just in time for the Pacific pivot, Bates Footwear has launched a new jungle boot billed as quick-drying and durable enough for tropical climates, according to the company's announcement Monday.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  11. 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
  12. A soldier participates in a tactile belt experiment. Vibrations on the belt can direct a soldier's movements without the platoon leader having to say a word. Connie Fore / via Army

    Tactile belts let soldiers feel their way through the field

    Soldiers may develop a sixth sense for combat, but the Army's not done working on the other five.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
  13. 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
  14. The ACU will soon have zipper shoulder pockets like the one shown here on the Army Combat Shirt. Staff

    ACU change: new shoulder pockets with zippers

    The Army is putting new shoulder pockets with zippers on the ACU in hopes of making the uniform more user-friendly.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  15. The Army's tattoo regulation may be preventing enlisted soldiers in the cyber community from advancing to warrant officer. Julie Jacobson/AP

    Army tattoo regs may be hurting Cyber Command

    The Army's tough new tattoo regulations appear to be hindering the service's ability to advance soldiers in one of its most sought-after careers: cyber.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  16.  Courtesy Jordan Rabaste

    Sergeant pays tribute to grandfather with Normandy jump

    As Sgt. Jordan Rabaste jumps with other paratroopers over Normandy this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, he will remember his grandfather who was there before him.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  17. A swatch of Scorpion camouflage. The Army is adopting a variation of this camo to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern on ACUs.

    Your new camo: Tell us what you think

    The Army has picked a new camo pattern: Scorpion W2 is coming to a closet near you.

    • May. 27, 2014
  18. Next-gen gas mask cooler, more comfortable

    The rollout of the Army's new gas mask is underway, but researchers already have plans for the next-gen model: An integrated mask-helmet design with a battery-powered, fan-driven air filtration system.

    • May. 27, 2014
  19. A swatch of Scorpion camouflage. The Army is adopting a variation of this camo to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern on ACUs.

    Army selects new camo pattern

    The Army has decided on a new camo to replace the unpopular Universal Camouflage Pattern on your ACUs— and the selection is very similar to MultiCam.

    • May. 23, 2014
  20. 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
  21.  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
  22. About 30 percent of the first group of soldiers to participate in the Army's rigorous Jungle Operations Training Course failed to pass the 21-day school. Sgt. Sean Freiberg / Army

    Soldiers earn tab and wear BDUs in tough new jungle course

    The Army is reclaiming the lost art of jungle warfare, and soldiers who make it through the new 21-day school can earn a tab and big bragging rights.

    • May. 5, 2014
  23. Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood, a trained sniper, displays the tattoo on his left arm. Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood

    Kentucky guardsman sues over tattoo rules

    A Kentucky National Guard soldier with aspirations of joining a U.S. Army special operations unit wants a federal judge to overturn the military's new regulations concerning soldiers with tattoos.

    • May. 1, 2014
  24. 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
  25. Jasmine Jacobs, who started the White House petition to seek reconsideration of the Army's hairstyle rules, is not disappointed it didn't hit 100,000 signatures. The petition succeeded in generating debate. Courtesy

    Hair reg petition fails to force White House response

    A White House petition calling for the president to order the Army to reconsider its new grooming regulation fell short of its goal, but the female sergeant who started the petition still considers her effort a win.

    • Apr. 23, 2014

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