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The $7M Legwear to Turn US Troops Into 'Super Soldiers'

ONYX exoskeleton being developed by Lockheed Martin to reduce weight, help troops move better

(Newser) - The Army is pushing for a new generation of "super soldiers," and critical in that effort is a cutting-edge technology first used to help people with serious medical conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis) stay on the move. Reuters reports the Pentagon is pumping nearly $7 million into... More »

West Point Prank Injures Air Force Mascot

Gyrfalcon was returned with bloodied wings

(Newser) - The United States Military Academy at West Point has apologized for a "prank" that injured the Air Force Academy's official mascot. Aurora, a 22-year-old white gyrfalcon, suffered injuries initially thought to be life-threatening after she was abducted along with another bird ahead of Saturday's annual Army-Air Force... More »

Soldier Gets 11 Years for Detonating Chemical Weapon

'Everything I had worked so hard for, given my all for, was ripped away from me,' one victim says

(Newser) - He'd faced up to life in prison, but Ryan Keith Taylor got a decidedly lighter sentence after pleading guilty to setting off a bomb near a US Army post in April 2017. CNN reports the 24-year-old got hit with just over 11 years behind bars for "manufacturing, possessing,... More »

US Army Falls Short of 2018 Recruiting Goal

Other service branches met their goals

(Newser) - For the first time since 2005, the US Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues, the AP reports. Army leaders said they signed up... More »

Hawaii Soldier to Plead Guilty to Trying to Help ISIS

Kang offered to become suicide bomber

(Newser) - A Hawaii-based Army soldier accused of attempting to support ISIS will plead guilty, one of his lawyers tells the AP . Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang has agreed to plead guilty, but Alexander Silvert, an assistant federal defender representing him, won't say what charges he'll be pleading to. "... More »

US Army Discharging Immigrants Without Explanation

Army, Pentagon cite a pending lawsuit

(Newser) - Some immigrant US Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Army Surgeons Grow New Ear in Soldier's Forearm

Doctors use cartilage from Pvt. Shamika Burrage's ribs to create new ear

(Newser) - An Army private who lost an ear in a car accident now has a new one, fashioned from her own rib cartilage. Surgeons this week announced that the new ear has been successfully reattached to Pvt. Shamika Burrage of Mississippi, according to an Army news release . What's more, the... More »

The Army Would Please Like These Kisses to Stop

No more smooching soldiers on St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

(Newser) - The Army wants to halt a favorite St. Patrick's Day shenanigan in Savannah that for decades has left marching soldiers with cheeks smeared in bright red lipstick. Roughly 200 soldiers from nearby Fort Stewart plan to take part in the March 17 parade, which organizers say could draw 500,... More »

Army Failed Bomb-Sniffing Dogs From Afghanistan: Report

Report finds some dogs abandoned following tour of service

(Newser) - A report finds that the Army failed to do right by some of the more than 200 bomb-sniffing dogs that served with US soldiers in Afghanistan, detecting roadside bombs and saving lives, the AP reports. The Defense Department's inspector general has determined that, after the program ended in 2014,... More »

US Army Goes to War With Professional Hockey Team

It's upset over use of 'Golden Knights' by Las Vegas NHL team

(Newser) - The US Army has filed a challenge opposing the application of the NHL's newest franchise to register the trademark "Vegas Golden Knights," the AP reports. In a claim filed Wednesday with the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Army claims it will be damaged if the... More »

Smoked Pot and Want to Enlist? Army Issuing More Waivers

'I will waive that all day long,' says head of Army's recruiting command

(Newser) - Smoked pot? Want to go to war? No problem. The AP reports that as more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth—as long as they realize they can't do so again in... More »

Army Members Accused of Misbehavior on Trump Trip

Military personnel accused of 'improper contact' with women in Vietnam

(Newser) - The Pentagon has confirmed it is investigating allegations that three service members on President Trump's Asia trip broke curfew and had what the Washington Post calls "improper contact" with women in Vietnam. Sources tell the Post that the Army noncommissioned officers have been reassigned from their White House... More »

Army Suspends General for Flirting With Soldier's Wife

'How often does your devil vixen come out?' he asked on Facebook

(Newser) - The Army has suspended the head of its forces in Africa after he was caught flirting with the wife of an enlisted soldier in private Facebook messages, USA Today reports. "I knew u were worth worshiping!" Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington writes in one message. "How often does... More »

Guy Accused of Selling $1M in Stolen Military Equipment: 'I Didn't Try to Hide Anything'

John Roberts is on trial this week

(Newser) - More than $1 million in weapons parts and sensitive military equipment was stolen out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and sold in a vast black market, some of it to foreign buyers through eBay, according to testimony at a federal trial this week. The equipment—some of it re-sold to buyers... More »

Army Helicopter Goes Down Off Hawaii With 5 Aboard

Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean

(Newser) - US Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five crew members of an Army helicopter that reportedly went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10pm Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60... More »

Hawaii Soldier Allegedly Tried to Give ISIS a Drone

Ikaika Kang arrested on terrorism charges

(Newser) - An active-duty soldier who said he wanted to kill a "bunch of people" has been arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly trying to provide assistance to ISIS, the FBI says. FBI spokesman Arnold Laanui says Ikaika Kang, a 34-year-old air traffic control operator at Hawaii's Wheeler Arm Airfield,... More »

Army May Bring Back Uniforms of 'Greatest Generation'

Most respondents to 'Army Times' survey want to bring back WWII's 'pinks and greens'

(Newser) - Uncle Sam wants you … to look like you're a World War II soldier. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey tells the Army Times he'll be lobbying at a meeting later this month to bring back a vintage "pinks and greens" Army uniform as regular business... More »

Moments Before Death, Army Photographer Took This Image

Spc. Hilda I. Clayton was killed in a training exercise in Afghanistan

(Newser) - It's a jarring image, and that's before learning that the Army photographer who captured it was killed moments later. The photo shows the first instant of a mortar tube explosion during a training exercise in Afghanistan in 2013, a blast that killed 22-year-old Army Spc. Hilda Clayton, reports... More »

Army Secretary Nominee Out Over Transgender Comments

Mark Green withdraws his name from consideration for Army secretary

(Newser) - President Trump's choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans, the AP reports. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that "false and misleading... More »

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