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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.

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As Russia launches missiles into Syria, US faces strategic dilemma

Russia launched a flurry of cruise missiles into Syria Friday, targeting Islamic State fighters with a strike that also demonstrates Moscow’s ability to use its muscle to advance the interests of a Syrian government hostile to U.S.-backed militias.
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Iwakuni mayor announces support for relocating Navy carrier air wing from Atsugi

Citing the threat from North Korea, a Japanese mayor says he supports a bilateral agreement that will relocate the bulk of a Navy carrier air wing to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, an Iwakuni City official said Friday.
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Okinawans recall horrors of war, call for lasting peace during Battle of Okinawa remembrance

Sunao Oshiro’s eyes moistened as the 84-year-old made his yearly pilgrimage to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park on Friday for the annual Irei no Hi ceremony, which marked the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa.
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Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.
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Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan deny reports they are in talks with Russia to send troops to Syria

Reports that Russia is trying to persuade Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to send troops to Syria have sparked confused and carefully worded denials from those two countries.
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