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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

Turkey's offensive into Syria opening up a hornet's nest

Turkey's incursion into Syria is deepening tensions between two major U.S.-backed groups, potentially setting up a conflict that could undermine Washington's efforts to eradicate the Islamic State's presence in Syria.
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Navy likely to face further Iranian provocations in Persian Gulf

U.S. Navy warships are likely to face further harassment by Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf as Iran’s hard-liners seek to bolster their position ahead of next year’s Iranian election while the U.S. is absorbed in its own electoral campaign.
1 hour 1 min ago

Festival near Conn. Navy base to honor maritime heritage

The Navy will have a larger presence than usual at this year's Maritime Heritage Festival, one of the last major events of the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Naval Submarine Base and Naval Submarine School, known as Connecticut's Submarine Century.
1 hour 10 min ago

Trailblazer to female cadets: 'It's your Coast Guard now; speak up'

On the 96th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, and 40 years after military service academies were first opened to women, one of the first women to graduate from the Coast Guard Academy told a room filled with mostly female cadets: "It's your Coast Guard now. Speak up."
1 hour 14 min ago

Special Ops' Black Daggers descend swiftly, silently to kick off game

Three dots suddenly came out of the helicopter, they quickly became three people and they sprouted distinctive black and red parachutes. They descended in a corkscrew course, flying with precision and touching down one by one on the football field. Three members of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army’s Special Ops Parachute Demonstration Team, had arrived.
1 hour 21 min ago