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Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

women in combat

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

Big guns, better chow for U.S. soldiers on Russia deterrence mission

At a camp nestled in Lithuania’s remote, rainy forests, a platoon of artillerymen settled into a cycle: maintain the howitzers, work out and chow down on palate-pleasing international field rations as they wait for the order to fire.
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Airmen, soldiers sharpen skills on Korean Peninsula among rising tensions

The Air Force and Army honed their warfighting skills on the Korean Peninsula this week, conducting a pair of exercises as Washington and Pyongyang traded barbs at the United Nations.
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UFC champs, octagon girl greet servicemembers in western Tokyo

Servicemembers at Yokota got a chance to meet, greet and eat with Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes on Thursday at an on-base chow hall.
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S. Korea to provide humanitarian aid to North for 1st time since 2015

South Korea approved a plan Thursday to provide $8 million via U.N. agencies to help North Korean children and pregnant women in a bid to separate humanitarian issues from political pressure over the communist state’s nuclear weapons program.
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Puerto Rico National Guard

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Puerto Rico National Guard

The Puerto Rico National continues coordinating efforts with local emergency management agencies to deal with the effects of Hurricane Irma and also make preparations for the possible aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico State Guard has also been directly supporting this operation with radio communications. The Joint Operation Center and Task Force Borinqueneer have been in full operation since Sept. 4. (National Guard photos by Spc. Hamiel Irizarry)

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