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Army Offers Biggest-Ever Enlistment Bonus

Recruits can earn up to $50K in incentives, depending on the career path they take

(Newser) - Labor shortages aren't just hitting the private sector during the pandemic. The military has been affected, too, though the US Army is now offering a carrot it hopes will bring in more recruits. An enlistment bonus of up to $50,000—the Army's biggest ever—is now on...

West Point Cadets Fail to Get Navy's Goat

They made off with retired Navy mascot instead of the current Bill

(Newser) - A top-secret mission involving West Point cadets went wrong over the weekend when they kidnapped the wrong goat. In what Dave Philipps at the New York Times calls a "Bay of Pigs-style embarrassment," US Military Academy cadets trying to carry on the long, but officially banned, tradition of...

China's 'Around the World' Missile Test Raises Alarms

'They look like a first-use weapon,' Gen. John Hyten says of hypersonic missile

(Newser) - The second-highest figure in the US military says a hypersonic missile China tested in July "went around the world," raising the possibility of a surprise nuclear attack on the US. "They launched a long-range missile. It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that...

CIA Warned About Civilians Seconds Before Drone Hit

Word came too late to stop the missile that killed 10 people

(Newser) - A Hellfire missile was on its way to its target, a white Corolla in Kabul, when the CIA realized there were civilians in the area, maybe even children in the vehicle. The agency issued an urgent warning to the US military seconds before the missile struck, killing 10 civilians, seven...

Pentagon: Drone Strike Was 'Tragic Mistake'
'The Strike Was
a Tragic Mistake'

'The Strike Was a Tragic Mistake'

Pentagon says Kabul strike in August killed only civilians, no terrorists

(Newser) - The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that an internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine...

House Panel Says Women Should Register for Draft

If there's an emergency, 'we need all hands on deck,' Republican says

(Newser) - It's been more than 48 years since the last soldier to be drafted in the US entered the Army—but the draft is still on the books, and lawmakers have taken another step closer to expanding it to women. The House Armed Services Committee voted 35-24 Wednesday night to...

Crews Describe 'Apocalyptic' Scenes in Afghan Departure

'It looked like one of those zombie movies where all the airplanes had been destroyed'

(Newser) - It looked like a zombie apocalypse. For the US military pilots and aircrew about to make their final takeoffs out of Afghanistan, the sky was lit up with fireworks and sporadic gunfire and the airfield littered with battered shells of airplanes and destroyed equipment. Stray dogs raced around the tarmac....

He Is the Last American Soldier to Leave Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue is pictured boarding a C-17 in Kabul

(Newser) - The last American troops left Afghanistan on Monday , and the very last soldier to leave has been identified as Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, reports USA Today . The Pentagon tweeted what may become an iconic photo of Donahue boarding a C-17 aircraft at the Kabul airport, an image made with a...

US Forces Go Beyond Kabul Airport to Save Citizens

With clock ticking, evacuation has been stepped up

(Newser) - US forces in Afghanistan are going beyond Kabul's airport to rescue stranded American citizens and allies, the Pentagon confirmed Monday. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said troops and helicopters have extracted around 350 Americans from the city and there could be similar missions in cases where people are "...

Biden, Iraqi Leader Announce Change of US Mission

Combat troops to be withdrawn, but nations will work together against ISIS

(Newser) - President Biden said Monday the US combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, an announcement that reflects the reality on the ground more than a major shift in US policy. Even before Biden took office, the main focus had been assisting Iraqi forces , not fighting...

US to Pull Combat Troops From Iraq
US to Pull
Combat Troops
From Iraq

US to Pull Combat Troops From Iraq

By the end of the year, under the agreement, the American role will have shifted to advisory

(Newser) - The US and Iraq expect to announce next week that American combat troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. The countries are working on a plan that would keep Americans there in an advisory role, to help with the fight against ISIS. "We don'...

As General Gives Up Command, an End to US' Longest War

Army Gen. Austin 'Scott' Miller to step down Monday as commander of US, NATO forces in Afghanistan

(Newser) - For nearly three years , Army Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller has been in command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, which NBC News reports is longer than anyone else in that role. Now, Miller is set to step down from his post on Monday, in what NBC and other...

Taliban Go After Air Force By Assassinating Its Pilots

Afghan military pilots are being tracked down in their neighborhoods

(Newser) - The Taliban have been rolling through Afghanistan on the ground as US forces leave, seizing territory sometimes without resistance. But Afghanistan's government still has a tactical advantage, something it has that the Taliban don't: an air force. In an apparent campaign to eliminate that advantage, Taliban forces have...

Report: US Won't Pull 100% of Troops From Afghanistan

Those who stay will provide security for diplomats, sources tell AP

(Newser) - Roughly 650 US troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, US officials tell the AP . In addition, several hundred additional American forces will remain...

Veteran, 35, Is Dying From Burn Pit Exposure

He has terminal colon cancer after service in Iraq, Afghanistan

(Newser) - It's an issue that Jon Stewart says has an "incredible similarity" to the health problems suffered by 9/11 first responders—and it's killing 35-year-old retired Staff Sgt. Wesley Black. He has terminal colon cancer that doctors have linked to exposure to burn pits during his time in...

For Female Soldiers, Texas Bases Are the Worst

Study finds higher risk of sexual assault

(Newser) - Female soldiers at Army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active-duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018, according to a new Rand Corp. study. The study looked...

Grenade Thief's Tracks Were Covered Every Step of the Way

By a series of security failures

(Newser) - The green, metal box was stuffed inside a bright pink pillowcase and stashed in the bushes behind Christopher Zachery’s house. He hauled it out for a better look. Inside were 30 armor-piercing grenades with a kill radius of nearly 50 feet. "I was scared," said Zachery. And...

SCOTUS May Soon Take a Look at Mandated Draft for Women
Supreme Court
Won't Wade Into the Draft

Supreme Court Won't Wade Into the Draft

Justices decline to take up case on whether male-only registration is discriminatory

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday said it won't take up a case on whether the government's requirement that only men sign up for the draft amounts to sex discrimination, per the AP . In a statement, three justices said Congress is weighing whether to change the Military Selective Service...

Army Secretary Confirmed for 2nd Time in 12 Hours

Christine Wormuth had been confirmed, then unconfirmed, for reasons unrelated to her

(Newser) - Christine Wormuth is off the Senate confirmation merry-go-round and ready to start serving as America's first female Army secretary. She was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, having been confirmed and then unconfirmed in the previous 12 hours, reports Politico . The Wednesday night reversal of Wormuth's confirmation, which Senate...

Senate Confirms, Then Unconfirms, First Female Army Secretary

Christine Wormuth was briefly the first woman confirmed in Army's highest civilian post

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Christine Wormuth became the first woman confirmed by the Senate as Army secretary. Hours later, she unexpectedly became the first woman to be unconfirmed as Army secretary. In what analysts believe was the result of a procedural issue, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked for the confirmation to...

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