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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...

Scientists Playing 'Long Game' Have Big Vaccine News

US Army researchers say they have a COVID vaccine that fights all variants, even future ones

(Newser) - With the chaotic entry of omicron onto the pandemic stage, there's concern that current vaccines may not be as effective against this variant as they were against others. Which is why news out of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is especially noteworthy: Defense One reports that scientists...

Generals Lied About Jan. 6, Ex-DC Guard Official Charges

Memo says deployment was delayed to avoid the appearance of uniformed troops at Capitol

(Newser) - A memo by a DC National Guard officer accuses two Army generals of lying to Congress about the response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the Pentagon of trying to cover up the failures. Gen. Charles Flynn and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt are "absolute and unmitigated...

First Woman Completes Army Sniper Course
Female Sniper Grad
Is an Army First

Female Sniper Grad Is an Army First

Military is not yet identifying the Montana soldier

(Newser) - A Montana soldier is the first woman to graduate from the US Army's sniper course, the Montana National Guard announced. “We are extremely proud of this soldier’s achievement and recognize that this is a milestone for not only Montana, but the entire National Guard and Army,”...

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...

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...

Ted Cruz Courts Controversy With Tweet About 'Woke' Army

Senator criticized over his complaint about 'emasculated' US military

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has stirred up controversy again, this time over an Army ad and his view that left-leaning advocates are turning soldiers into "pansies." But he's getting a lot of pushback about that. Coverage:
  • This all began when Cruz commented on a TikTok video that purports to
...

US Trashes Leftover Gear, Angering Afghan Scrap Dealers

Even the most innocuous items were cut to bits before being sold

(Newser) - The twisted remains of several all-terrain vehicles leaned precariously inside Baba Mir’s scrap yard, alongside smashed shards that were once generators, tank tracks that have been dismantled into chunks of metal, and mountains of tents reduced to sliced up fabric. It’s all US military equipment, per the AP...

Sheriff: Kids' Questions Fluster School Bus Hijacker

Army trainee at Fort Jackson in SC boarded bus, eventually let children off; nobody was injured

(Newser) - An Army trainee is being held in South Carolina after hijacking a school bus with 18 children and the driver on it, authorities said. No one was injured, CNN reports. Pvt. Jovan Collazo, 23—who was in his third week of basic training—wanted to go home, a Fort Jackson...

Army Buying Microsoft's High-Tech Headsets

Contract for augmented reality devices could pay $21B

(Newser) - The Army has placed an order for more than 120,000 augmented reality headsets, a contract that could bring Microsoft at least $21 billion over 10 years. The IVAS, which is based on HoloLens headsets developed for entertainment and video games, enhances soldiers' awareness of their surroundings and helps them...

Revered Chaplain's Remains ID'd After 70 Years

Capt. Emil Kapaun, a Medal of Honor recipient, died a POW during Korean War

(Newser) - Ever since Capt. Emil Kapaun was reported to have died while being held prisoner in Korea in 1951, his family has been without remains to bury. Although relatives sought answers, the chaplain was among the 7,500 service members unaccounted for from the Korean War, CNN reports. But Kapaun was...

Black Soldier's Medal of Honor Nominations Kept Getting Lost

Teammates of Vietnam War hero Paris Davis wonder if race has been a factor in 55-year delay

(Newser) - In the Hall of Valor , Paris Davis, 81, is recognized with a Soldier's Medal for his actions during the Vietnam War on May 13, 1965. A group of veterans, however, including some of his former teammates, say what happened a month later should have earned Davis the Medal of...

Army: 11 Soldiers Injured After Ingesting Unknown Substance

2 Fort Bliss soldiers are in critical condition

(Newser) - Eleven soldiers were injured after ingesting an unknown substance during a field training exercise at Fort Bliss in Texas, the US Army said late Thursday. Two of the soldiers were in critical condition, the 1st Armored Division said in a statement, reports the AP . All eleven were placed under the...

16-Year-Old Charged in Soldier’s Death

A 23-year-old soldier also faces murder charges

(Newser) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection to the killing of Hayden Harris , an Army corporal stationed at New York’s Fort Drum who was found shot to death in New Jersey last month, NBC News reports. Also charged with felony murder and weapons charges is Jamaal Mellish, 23,...

Suspect in 'Abhorrent' Bowling Alley Shooting a Green Beret

Army Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb was in Ill. on leave from Fla.'s Eglin Air Force Base, authorities say

(Newser) - An Army Green Beret has been arrested and charged with murder after a weekend shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three senior citizens dead and three injured, including two teens. Police say that Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb, an active service member who's been with the US...

Army-Navy Game: This Hasn't Happened in 77 Years

West Point will host the game due to coronavirus restrictions

(Newser) - The "Army-Navy" game is returning to West Point. For the first time in nearly eight decades, the revered football matchup will be played Saturday at West Point's Michie Stadium, Fox News reports. The move away from Philadelphia was prompted by coronavirus restrictions in Pennsylvania that limit the number...

2 Generals Among Those Punished in Fort Hood Failures

Suicides, homicides, or accidents killed 25 soldiers in a year

(Newser) - Army leaders are firing or suspending 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, and ordering policy changes to address chronic leadership failures at the base that contributed to a widespread pattern of violence including murder, sexual assaults, and harassment. Two general officers are among those being removed from...

Army Suspects Foul Play in Fort Bragg Killings

An official says it may have been a drug deal gone wrong

(Newser) - The Army suspects that a drug deal gone wrong led to the killings earlier this week of a master sergeant and an Army veteran, an official tells CBS News . The bodies of Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44, were found Wednesday in a training area...

Army: Guillen Died 'in the Line of Duty'

That means murdered Fort Hood soldier's family is entitled to benefits

(Newser) - The family of murdered Ford Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen is entitled to military benefits, according to the US Army , which has classified Guillen's death as occurring "in the line of duty." The 20-year-old soldier disappeared from an armory at the Texas base on April 22. Her family'...

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