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Marine's Jaw-Dropping Photo: 'Coming to Gay Bar Near You'

1st Marine Expeditionary Force has promised 'appropriate action'

(Newser) - Two Marines are under investigation after a photo was posted Wednesday to Facebook showing a uniform-clad corporal with his hand on the trigger of a rifle aimed at the camera and the message, "Coming to a gay bar near you!" The image, believed to be from Snapchat, was... More »

$50M Plan to Save Tortoises May Do the Opposite

Critics fear it'll put threatened animals at further risk

(Newser) - Desert tortoises are considered a threatened species across the Southwest, where they're battling drought, climate change, habitat loss, and predators. Now, environmentalists fear a Mojave Desert population will be eradicated entirely by a plan that's apparently meant to save them, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Marine Corps'... More »

Marines Scrap 'Robot Mule'

The big one was too noisy and the small one was too weak

(Newser) - It obeys voice commands and can carry 400 pounds of equipment over rugged terrain for 24 hours—but it sounds like a lawn mower, and US Marines worried that it could get them killed. The Marine Corps has shelved the Legged Squad Support System "robotic mule" developed by Google'... More »

US Military Opens All Combat Roles to Women

'It’s a thrilling day for women serving in the military'

(Newser) - Repealing a 21-year-old rule, defense secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that all military combat positions will now be open to women, the New York Times reports. According to CNN , that includes about 220,000 jobs in reconnaissance, infantry, and more that had previously been open only to men. "Women... More »

We're Replacing Old Humvees With the JLTV

$6.75B contract goes to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh

(Newser) - The US Army and Marine Corps are in need of trucks that can carry two to four troops at a time and that are tough enough to endure bombs and mines, but not so heavy that they can't be ferried by air—and Oshkosh just won the $6.75... More »

Marines Told to Call Cops if Armed Volunteers Show Up

Recruitment center help not so helpful

(Newser) - Out of all the things that could go wrong with armed citizens guarding military recruitment centers , this was pretty minor, but it was enough to have the volunteers ordered away. Police told a group of volunteers to stop guarding a recruitment center in Lancaster, Ohio, after one of them accidentally... More »

Marine Corps Vet Sued for Living 'Off the Grid'

But Tyler Truitt calls it an act of 'civil disobedience'

(Newser) - For US Marine Corps veteran Tyler Truitt, the homefront has a battle all its own: The 27-year-old resident of Huntsville, Alabama, is going to court with the city next month over his "off-the-grid" lifestyle, which includes living in a trailer, using solar panels, and catching rainwater in a 550-gallon... More »

Marine Snipers: Our Rifles Suck

Some suggest Marine Corps avoids upgrade for fear of downsizing

(Newser) - US Marine snipers are known for their deadly skill. But their skill is often compensating for inferior equipment. Speaking with the Washington Post , current and former Marines say they've suffered in combat for 14 years with a sniper rifle that fails to perform accurately at the necessary range or... More »

1 Killed, 21 Hurt in Hawaii Osprey Crash

Marine Corps aircraft had 'hard landing' during training

(Newser) - One Marine was killed and the other 21 people on board were hospitalized after an MV-22 Osprey aircraft made what the military describes as a "hard landing" at Hawaii's Bellows Air Force Station Sunday morning. Witnesses tell Hawaii News Now that they saw three Ospreys, which were involved... More »

Obama Picks New Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Joseph Dunford Jr will get nod tomorrow, officials say

(Newser) - President Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14, US officials said today. The move cuts short Dunford's service as... More »

Miraculous Recovery for Marine Who Drowned

He makes it across finish line at Phoenix Marathon

(Newser) - Marine Staff Sgt. James Carey needed a little help to get over the finish line at the Phoenix Marathon on Saturday—but just taking part in his fourth marathon marked an incredible achievement for a man who was pronounced dead from drowning in 2009. Carey was revived after the special... More »

US Blew Millions Shipping Military Trucks: Report

GAO report suggests it would have been cheaper to just blow them up

(Newser) - It would've been more financially prudent to blow up now-useless US military vehicles used in Afghanistan instead of what the Pentagon actually did: ship them back home. A GAO report released yesterday and cited in USA Today says that from October 2012 to October 2013, the Army and Marines... More »

17 Years Later, Okinawa OKs Relocation of US Base

And locals aren't too happy about it

(Newser) - As the AFP reports, it's been "a decades-long source of friction" between Japan and the US: More than 17 years ago, Tokyo and Washington decided to move the US Marine Corps base in Futenma out of the densely populated urban area. Today, the governor of Okinawa finally gave... More »

First Women Pass Marines' Grueling Infantry Training

But only non-combat roles await

(Newser) - For the first time, women have passed a military ordeal that would crush most men—the Marine Corps infantry training course. Three women out of 15 to enlist in the program will graduate from the course tomorrow after 59 grueling days of training, including a 12.5-mile hike carrying almost... More »

US Military: Suicides Are Down 22%

But it doesn't know why

(Newser) - Suicides across the US military have dropped by more than 22% this year, defense officials report. The news comes amid an array of new programs targeting an epidemic that took more service members' lives last year than the war in Afghanistan did during that same period. Military officials, however, are... More »

'Syrian' Hackers Strike Again: Deface Marine Corps Site

Call Obama 'traitor'; implore Marines to 'refuse orders'

(Newser) - Fresh from taking down the New York Times website last week, the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army has apparently hit another target: the US Marine Corps. The Marines' recruiting website, Marines.com, was attacked earlier today, replaced with a page calling Obama a "traitor" and arguing that the Syrian government... More »

Japan Wants US Choppers Grounded After Crash

Remains found near crash site

(Newser) - Japan is calling on Washington to stop flying its HH-60 helicopters in the wake of yesterday's crash in Okinawa . "We have asked the US not to fly the same aircraft until they find out the cause of the accident and take preventive steps," says defense minister Itsunori... More »

Marine Corps IDs 7 Killed in Nevada Mortar Accident

Mortar 'failure' caused deadly accident, says commander

(Newser) - The Marine Corps has released the names of the seven Marines accidentally killed in a live-fire exercise in Nevada on Monday, reports the Los Angeles Times . Eight people were also injured, one very seriously, although their identities have not been released. The victims were all based in Camp Lejeune, NC.... More »

Military Bans Mortars After Marine Deaths

Pentagon issues mortar moratorium following deadly training disaster

(Newser) - The Pentagon has issued a "blanket suspension" on all 60mm mortar rounds until it can figure out what went wrong in the tragic mortar blast that killed seven Marines in Nevada on Monday night, reports CBS . The move follows an earlier ban on rounds that were manufactured along with... More »

Military Suicides Hit New High in 2012

349 suicides exceeded Afghanistan death toll

(Newser) - Military suicides hit a grim new high in 2012, and experts believe that the problem may only get worse despite the Pentagon's best efforts, the AP finds. There were a total of 349 suicides among active-duty troops, the highest since the Pentagon began closely tracking the problem in 2001... More »

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