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Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

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Starting in January, Defense Secretary Carter announced Thursday, all military jobs in all branches will be open and available to women. Carter said that his decision to open all jobs to women was shared by the secretaries of the Navy, Army and Air Force and the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Only one military leader, Gen. Joseph Dunford - then the Marine Corps Commandant, now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - recommended keeping some positions closed to women.

Third Woman Ranger - A Reservist - Graduates!

Major Lisa Jaster, an Army Reserve officer and West Point graduate became the third woman to graduate from the Army's famed Ranger School earlier this month. She, along with Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, are the only three women to graduate from the school from the class of 19 women that began back in April.

First Army Commanding General: Guard and Reserve Need More Training Time

The commanding general of First Army, Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, shared his thoughts on the training and readiness of the National Guard and Reserve, and his plan to improve their capabilities and mobilization readiness in an interview with ArmyTimes.com. One of his biggest gripes - 39 days of training a year are not enough for an "operational reserve" force!

Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs.

USMC Reserve to Offer Deployment Options

Despite stretched budgets across the military, the US Marine Corps Forces Reserve will continue to give Reserve Marines opportunities to participate in international deployments and large scale exercises, to help keep Reservists busy as the active-duty Corps begins to take back some missions that they passed off to the Reserve forces over the past 14 years.

Reserve Commander Discusses Readiness

According to Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of Army Reserve Command, budget cuts have been taking a toll on both the readiness and modernization of the Army Reserve - even as the demand for Reserve soldiers and their unique capabilities is on the rise.

Concern About Commission on Army Structure

Two House Republicans are concerned that the Commission on the Future of the Army, group that is tasked by Congress to study the future of the US Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve, may not be functioning as it was intended.

Americans Receive Highest French Honor

France is awarding its highest honor, the Legion of Honor medal, to the three Americans and one Briton that subdued a heavily-armed passenger that was on their high-speed train that was heading from Amsterdam to Paris with 500 passengers.

Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

National Guard News Wire

Japanese government eager to learn Mattis' views on country

The Japanese government is hastening to gather information on retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, whom U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen as the next secretary of defense.
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Carter: US, partners need to stay in Iraq after Islamic State defeat

The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
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Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday that his government will prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel in keeping with the former leader's desire to avoid the development of a personality cult.
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Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives

Trump has made clear that his priority in Syria is the separate fight against the Islamic State, ideally in cooperation with Russia and the Syrian government, as well as other allies. While still vague about his plans, the president-elect has rejected that ending the civil war and bringing Assad to the negotiating table are the ultimately key to victory.
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At Islamic State camp, evidence of intensive training

Spread across several large houses, the "Sheikh Abu Samaya Ansari Camp" was discovered by Iraqi forces as they pushed deeper into the city of Mosul, Iraq. It is the first military training center the Iraqi forces have found in the city since they began an offensive to retake it.
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