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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9.  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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
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    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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Petition: Tan beret only for the Ranger regiment

    A petition calling for the tan beret to be authorized for wear only by soldiers in the 75th Ranger Regiment has garnered more than 2,500 signatures in less than a week.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  20. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over hairstyle ban

    Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  21. Army tests jungle boots for Pacific deployments

    As the Army makes its Pacific pivot, it could be on the heel of a new jungle boot.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  22. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. A White House petition opposing the rules has garnered more than 11,000 signatures. Army

    Editorial: Army should review controversial hair rules

    Army leaders probably anticipated blowback from soldiers when they tightened tattoo rules. But a more serious complaint has been leveled against service leaders for their revision to AR 670-1: They are showing racial bias.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  23. The Army's new tattoo policy has confused some soldiers. According to officials, if you have a half-sleeve above your knee or elbow you do not violate AR 670-1. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    Army: Your half-sleeve tattoos could be OK

    If you have a half-sleeve tattoo that ends above your elbow or your knee, you're good to go under the Army's new grooming and appearance reg.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  24. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Army: Female focus group helped determine new hair rules

    The Army's new hair rules, which ban a number of styles popular among black women, were approved only after surveying hundreds of senior enlisted female soldiers as part of a focus group led by a female sergeant major, an official said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  25. This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. Army

    Black female soldiers say new grooming reg is 'racially biased'

    Thousands of soldiers and others have signed a White House petition calling for the president to order the Army to reconsider just-released appearance and grooming regulations they contend are 'racially biased' against black women.

    • Mar. 31, 2014

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