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  1. Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler says some boots for sale may be 'not safe and in line with the military specifications for issue boots.' Mike Morones/Staff

    SMA: Boots may not meet military specs

    Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler is concerned soldiers are buying boots that don't meet military specs, and the service will soon respond with a list of approved and unapproved footwear to better equip soldiers.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  2. The omniphobic-coated fabric significantly lowers dirt and dust attraction, and repels water, oil and many liquid chemicals. David J. Kamm/Army

    Army tests super-repellent uniform

    Army researchers have developed a no-stick, no-stain, no-stink coating that could all but eliminate the need for soldiers to wash their uniforms — and it's going commercial before it goes on your ACU.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  3. U.S. European Command has told the military services in Europe to consider imposing limits on where service members can wear their uniforms off base, a EUCOM spokesman told Military Times on Monday. Air Force

    EUCOM may limit where troops can wear uniforms off base

    Troops stationed in Europe may face new restrictions on where they can wear their uniforms off base.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  4. Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment can now wear their MultiCam in garrison. Pfc. Sean Carlos/Army

    Rangers can wear MultiCam at home

    Soldiers in the 75th Ranger Regiment can start wearing their MultiCam uniforms while in garrison, the Army announced Friday.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  5. It's easier for tattooed soldiers to earn a commission under the revised version of AR 670-1. AFP/Getty Images/Johannes Eisele

    Army releases new rules for tattoos and hair

    The Army on Tuesday unveiled its latest update to AR 670-1, its grooming and appearance regulation.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  6. Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker poses with his son in the same uniform he wore when security personnel at his daughter's high school denied him entry. Courtesy of Rachel Ferhadson

    Army officer in uniform denied entry to child's school; supe apologizes

    A security guard stopped an active-duty Army lieutenant colonel from entering his daughter's Detroit-area high school Tuesday, saying those in military uniform weren't permitted inside.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  7. Consumer Watch: Here's where to turn if you need help buying food

    A recent study by the nonprofit Feeding America concludes that one out of four military households is getting charitable feeding assistance — such as groceries from food banks.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  8. A view of the New Blance 950v2, an American-made shoe the company hopes could be adopted as standard-issue to recruits. New Balance

    New Balance pitches DoD on standard-issue shoe for recruits

    New Balance has unveiled a sneaker prototype that could become standard-issue in boot camp and spell an end to the cash allowances that let recruits buy foreign-made shoes.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24.  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
  25. 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

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