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Sikh Completes Basic Training
 Sikh Completes Basic Training 
1st in decades

Sikh Completes Basic Training

Ends policy that effectively banned Sikhs

(Newser) - Cap. Tejdeep Singh Rattan yesterday became the first Sikh in a generation allowed to compete US army basic officer training without sacrificing the articles of his faith. He got a waiver from the Army to serve with unshorn hair and a turban, an exemption to a policy that has effectively...

Army Official: Go Slow on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Says Congress shouldn't intervene

(Newser) - Army Chief of Staff George Casey doesn't support a congressional moratorium on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" while the Defense Department studies the issue. Casey also told a Senate panel he had "serious concerns" over the effects of allowing gay troops to serve openly while the nation's forces fight...

Military to Ease Off on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Gays outed by third parties won't be prosecuted

(Newser) - The military will no longer aggressively pursue disciplinary action against gay service members who are outed by a third party, the Pentagon will announce today. Under the new policy, gay personnel would face discharge only if they go public themselves on their sexual orientation. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm....

Army Charges Single Mom for Going AWOL

She faces prison time for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan

(Newser) - The Army has filed court-martial charges against Alexis Hutchinson, an Army cook who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because she couldn't find anyone to look after her 1-year-old son. Hutchinson, 21, is charged with "missing movement" and absence without leave, among other things, reports the Savannah Morning News . Missing...

Human Rights Watch: UN Supports Atrocities in Congo

Mission provides logistical support to brutal national army

(Newser) - Women and children beaten to death with clubs, hacked up with machetes—or, if they're "lucky," gang-raped and left alive. Such shocking acts are sadly commonplace in the conflict that has consumed Congo, perpetrated by both Rwandan rebels and their enemies in the Congolese army. The army, however,...

Vanished Persian Army Turns Up in Sand
 Vanished Persian Army 
 Turns Up in Sand 

Vanished Persian Army Turns Up in Sand

Evidence of 50K doomed soldiers found in Egyptian desert

(Newser) - Italian archaeologists in Egypt claim to have unearthed evidence of a 6th-century BC Persian military folly once thought mythical. Herodotus described an army of 50,000 Persians sent by their emperor, Cambyses, to destroy an oracle that had spoken ill of his ambitions. The army was, according to lore, beset...

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