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As Other Branches Fall Short, Marines Hit 100% of Recruitment Target

Consistent message is paying off, experts say

(Newser) - As other service branches fell short of their recruitment goals this year, the Marine Corps ended the recruitment year Sept. 30 having met 100% of its goal—with hundreds of contacts lined up for next year. The Army, Navy, and Air Force failed to attract enough recruits despite offering generous...

Most Active Service Members Are Overweight, Report Says
Group Warns of Military Obesity

Group Warns of Military Obesity

Nonprofit calls problem an issue of readiness and health

(Newser) - The majority of US active duty service members register as overweight or obese, according to their body mass index, a nonprofit's report says. "At a time when we are struggling to recruit an adequate labor force for the military, the growing rates of obesity are especially alarming,"...

Anti-Affirmative Action Group Is Suing Naval Academy

Group is also seeking to block race-based admissions at West Point

(Newser) - An anti-affirmative action group has followed up its federal lawsuit against West Point with one against the US Naval Academy, seeking to block it from considering race in the selection on the new class of cadets. Students for Fair Admissions, founded by 72-year-old conservative activist Edward Blum, won a huge...

John Kelly Confirms Trump Remarks on Veterans

Former WH chief of staff says ex-boss 'has no idea what America is all about'

(Newser) - John Kelly, who served as chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, went on the record Monday to confirm "a number of damning stories" about Trump in a statement to CNN . And what a statement it is. Kelly described Trump as "a person who is not truthful...

Soldiers' Tricky Mission: Tend Aging Nuclear Arsenal of US

The AP is given a look at the delicate process

(Newser) - In an ultra-sterile room at a secure factory in Kansas City, US government technicians refurbish the nation's nuclear warheads. The job is exacting: Each warhead has thousands of springs, gears, and copper contacts that must work in conjunction to set off a nuclear explosion. Eight hundred miles away in...

Senate Briefly Pierces Tuberville's Blockade

Army chief of staff and Marine commandant are confirmed, but other nominees wait

(Newser) - The Senate confirmed two new service chiefs on Thursday, despite the blockade put in place by Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville, but there were indications Democrats didn't feel good about it. Gen. Randy George can now take over as Army chief of staff, and Gen. Eric Smith can officially become...

Marines Aircraft That Went Down in Australia Has Crash History

8 US troops remain in Aussie hospital after weekend accident that killed 3 of their colleagues

(Newser) - Eight US Marines remained in a hospital in the Australian north coast city of Darwin on Monday after they were injured in a fiery crash of a tilt-rotor aircraft that killed three of their colleagues on an island. All 20 survivors were flown from Melville Island, 50 miles south, to...

3 US Marines Dead in Training Crash
3 US Marines Dead
in Training Crash

3 US Marines Dead in Training Crash

Several others injured when Osprey aircraft goes down in Australia

(Newser) - Tragedy for the US Marines Sunday in Australia: Three members of the service were killed and at least five more were in serious condition after an Osprey aircraft crashed during a training mission, reports CNN . A total of 23 people were aboard the MV-22B aircraft when it went down on...

Senator's Stance Creates a Military First

Three military branches are now without leaders as Sen. Tommy Tuberville blocks nominations

(Newser) - Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville now has notched an unprecedented political hat trick of sorts: Because of the Republican senator's hold on military nominations , the Navy, Army, and Marines are without official leaders for the first time, reports the Military Times . The trifecta came into place Monday when Navy chief...

Woman Who Helped Hide Soldier's Body Gets 30 Years

Cecily Aguilar was only person arrested in Vanessa Guillen case

(Newser) - A Texas woman was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for helping dispose of the body of a US soldier, whose 2020 killing sparked a movement of women speaking out about sexual abuse in the military. Cecily Aguilar was the only suspect arrested in the death of Vanessa Guillen,...

'Typo Leak' Could Be Big Problem for US Military

Messages supposed go to military email addresses are being sent to Mali

(Newser) - A Dutch internet entrepreneur says he has repeatedly warned the US government over the last decade that emails intended for the American military are being sent to Mali because of a common typo. Johannes Zuurbier tells the Financial Times that instead of the suffix .mil used for American military email...

North Korea: Warplanes Turned Back US Spy Flight

Kim suggests incursions could meet with consequences

(Newser) - North Korea said Monday that its warplanes turned back a US spy plane that was over its territorial waters earlier in the day. The statement was made by Kim Yo Jong, sister of the nation's ruler, Kim Jong Un, and one of the government's top foreign policy officials....

US Army Sees Record Number of Fatal ODs From This Drug

Fentanyl is hitting all military branches, but none as hard as the Army, and loved ones want answers

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Congress received some sobering data from the Department of Defense showing that fentanyl was involved in 88% of the 2021 deaths of US troops who'd died of drug overdoses—up from just 36% five years earlier. "Our military is not immune to the opioid epidemic,...

Army Base Renamed to Honor Black WWI Hero

Fort Polk in Louisiana is now Fort Johnson

(Newser) - A US Army base in western Louisiana was renamed Tuesday to honor Sgt. William Henry Johnson, a Black hero of World War I who received the Medal of Honor nearly a century later. Fort Johnson had previously been named after a Confederate commander, Leonidas Polk. The renaming is part of...

Fort Bragg Is No Longer Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg Is
No Longer Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Is No Longer Fort Bragg

Military renames it Fort Liberty, part of a push to rid itself of Confederate names

(Newser) - Quick, name the biggest military base in the country. The longtime answer of "Fort Bragg" is no longer correct. The Pentagon on Friday formally renamed the gigantic base in North Carolina "Fort Liberty," reports CNN . It's part of the military's ongoing push to rid itself...

US Opts Not to Shoot New Balloon Out of Sky

But military is watching a new mystery object that drifted over Hawaii, is now headed to Mexico

(Newser) - After a mysterious spate of balloon sightings earlier this year, a new entry has made its way into the mix. NBC News reports that the US military has been tailing a new balloon since late last week that drifted over parts of Hawaii, though officials indicate it didn't fly...

Report: Leaker of Classified Documents Works at Military Base

Discord server member says leaker has anti-government views

(Newser) - The person who leaked classified military documents online is a gun enthusiast who works on a military base and shared secrets for months in a private Discord chatroom with around two dozen members, according to two members who spoke to the Washington Post . One member, who is under 18 and...

Fort Hood Is Getting a New Name in May

Fort named after Confederate general is becoming Fort Cavazos

(Newser) - Fort Hood is weeks away from the second name change in its history. In 1950, eight years after the Army base was established in central Texas, Camp Hood became Fort Hood—but this year's renaming reflects bigger changes. The name of Confederate Gen. John Hood is being dropped and...

US Strikes Syria After Drone Kills Contractor

Pentagon says suspected Iran drone injured 5 soldiers

(Newser) - A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a US contractor and wounded five American troops and another contractor in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said. American forces said they retaliated soon after with "precision airstrikes" in Syria targeting facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard,...

US Commander: Russia Is Ignoring Syria Protocols

He says armed jets are flying over US outpost almost every day

(Newser) - The Black Sea, where Russian jets forced down an American drone last week, is far from the only potential flashpoint between US and Russian forces. Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich at US Central Command says armed Russian jets have flown over the Al-Tanf base in southeast Syria almost every day this...

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