U.S. Military

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
U.S. Marines work to open a door while searching for explosives: The Pentagon's proposed budget cuts mean the U.S. military could not fight two ground wars at once.

Will the Pentagon's $450 billion budget cut 'decimate' the military?

Can we afford to adopt the Defense Department's new strategy for slashing spending on weapons and troops? Can we afford not to?

Gays in the Military : Instant Guide
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, 23, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, 22, shared a first kiss Wednesday after Gaeta returned from 80 days at sea.

The Navy's 'precedent-shattering' lesbian kiss

Naval officers Marissa Gaeta and Citlalic Snell zoom into the post-"don't ask, don't tell" era with a historic kiss upon Gaeta's return from sea

U.S. Military : By the numbers
A Department of Labor sponsored Veterans Employment Expo: The unemployment rate for veterans aged 20 to 24 is about 30 percent or more than double that of others the same age.

The 'bleak' glut of unemployed veterans: By the numbers

Americans returning from war are far more likely to be jobless — and eventually homeless — than their civilian counterparts

U.S. Military : Fact Sheet
The military is packing sandwiches now that will still taste fresh when soldiers open them ... in late 2013.

The sandwich with a two-year shelf life

The U.S. Army is rolling out a "cutting edge" line of take-anywhere sandwiches

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
Aloysius Erker, a WWII vet, received long-overdue accolades this past August 10 thanks to the interventions of his soldier-grandsons.

The WWII vet honored… after 66 years

One soldier's touching story reminds us what Veterans Day is all about

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
Thanks to a new muscle-repairing treatment that relies on pig cells, thousands of injured soldiers might be able to regrow portions of their damaged limbs.

The 'tantalizing' plan to regrow soldiers' flesh with pig cells 

Can a groundbreaking new procedure help the human body rebuild lost limbs much like a lizard regrows its tail?  

U.S. Military : Controversy
A U.S. military funeral in Arlington, Va.: The main military mortuary in Delaware has allegedly lost body parts, and worse, before transferring the dead soldiers to their families.

The Air Force's 'appalling' mishandling of America's war dead

The remains of fallen soldiers were lost, dumped in a landfill, and in one case, dismembered. A guide to the disturbing revelations

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
Beef jerky is already a handy on-the-go snack, and soon, it may be packed with caffeine, too, in order to keep sleepy soldiers alert.

The Army's newest grub: Caffeinated beef jerky?

Our soldiers may soon be chowing down on caffeine-laced meats with a side of "Zapplesauce"

U.S. Military : Burning Question
A U.S. Navy officer holds his 3-year-old daughter before deployment: A new study finds that children of military parents are at risk for violent behavior in middle and high school.

Are children of military parents more violent?

Teens with a parent deployed overseas may be more likely than their peers to get into fights, join a gang, or carry a weapon

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
U.S. soldiers train in a street scene: An MIT invention brings the army a step closer to being able to see through concrete walls.

Will MIT’s 'x-ray vision' help soldiers see through walls? 

A complex new machine could help soldiers target unseen enemies — even if they're hiding in a concrete building

U.S. Military : Wit
Are there some nicely shaped brows hiding behind this Army man's muddy cover? A new craze is cleaning up the usually rugged looks of some U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

The military's eyebrow-shaping craze: The wisecracks

Soldiers at a base in Afghanistan have taken to having their brows shaved and threaded into precise arches. Commentators have taken to mocking them

U.S. Military : Instant Guide
A U.S. Air Force Reaper drone: A virus that records computer keystrokes has infected a fleet of military drones, and some suspect that secret data may have been captured.

The 'nasty' computer virus infecting U.S. military drones

Unmanned aircraft used by the Air Force for espionage and combat have been stung by malware. Should we be worried?

Gays in the Military : Best Video
President Obama targeted his Republican rivals in a speech Saturday, accusing them of failing to stand up for a gay soldier who was booed by a GOP debate audience.

Heckling a gay soldier: Obama's 'fighting' response to the GOP's silence

At a gay-rights gala, President Obama tears into his Republican challengers for failing to defend a gay soldier when a GOP debate audience booed him

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan: As the war draws to a close, the defense budget will shrink by at least $350 billion over the next ten years.

The Army's 'alarming' cuts: Too drastic?

America's military is planning sizable reductions in troop levels — and fueling concern that we may be sacrificing safety for austerity

Gays in the Military : Analysis
Stephen Hill, an openly gay soldier serving in Iraq, asked Republican Rick Santorum a question about gays in the military on Thursday, only to be met by a chorus of boos from the audience at a Florida debate.

The GOP debate audience's 'disgusting' booing of a gay soldier

When an openly gay U.S. service member in Iraq asks Rick Santorum a question via YouTube, some Florida debate watchers respond rather disrespectfully

Gays in the Military : Forecast
In San Francisco on Tuesday, local leaders and former members of the military celebrate the end of "Don't ask, don't tell."

The military after 'Don't ask, don't tell': 4 predictions

The ban on gays serving openly in the military is officially history. What changes are in store for the armed forces?

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