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  1. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. They will qualify for Hardship Duty Pay–Tempo starting Sept. 24. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Cruise pay approved

    Over the past half-dozen years, sailors and Marines have borne the brunt of longer and longer deployments. Now, for the first time, they'll start getting paid for it after 220 deployed days.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. Staff Sgt. Juan Fisher, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarkation chief, re-enlists during a hike Oct. 25. Next year, Manpower officials will be surrounded on all sides by budget uncertainty. Gunnery Sgt. Rome Lazarus / Marine Corps

    Future in doubt: Uncertainty and smaller budgets plague the Corps

    The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says improving training and readiness will require 'consistent, persistent investment over time.' Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff

    The US Air Force represents the largest source of air power in the world, but finds itself at an inflection point in its history, facing dramatic choices in technology, manpower and mission areas. Gen. Mark Welsh took over as chief of staff two years ago.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  4. Gen. Daniel Allyn, the Army's new vice chief, is warning soldiers that sequestration seems likely to return. Dave Chace / Army

    New Army vice chief expects worse manpower conditions

    The Army's new vice chief expects in 2016 that sequestration will once again rear its ugly head, and that means thousands more force-cuts in the service.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  5. Kerry: U.S. looking for help from Turkey against IS

    The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Mature students on campus Steve Hix/Fuse / Getty Images/Fuse

    Tuition discount offered to lure adults back to college

    When you're 30, the first day of school can feel a lot like every other day.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  7. The Defense Department plans to stand up 133 operational cyberwarfare teams, an initiative that is fueling a tug-of-war between the active and reserve components that both want significant roles in that mission. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Army

    Active, reserve components spar over 'sexy' cyber mission

    After months of bureaucratic battles, the Pentagon is finalizing a plan to give reservists a limited role in the evolving cyber force.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  8. USS Mitscher to deploy to Middle East

    The USS Mitscher is preparing to leave Virginia on a deployment to the Middle East.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  9. Police: Bliss solider beat 2-year-old daughter to death

    El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  10. Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  11. 3 Afghan soldiers missing from U.S. base

    Police and military officials were searching Sunday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  12. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, the state of the Marine Corps. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  13. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Navy Times, who qualifies -- and who doesn't -- for the new deployment pay. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  14. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Air Force Times, what to expect from an evaluation and promotion system overhaul. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  15. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Army Times, what to expect in your new NCOERs. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  16. Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell presents two medals to James Hayden, earned during the Korean War, including nearly three years in captivity. Army

    POW from Korea finally receives his decorations

    Nearly six years after earning a Silver Star during close combat in Germany at the close of World War II, James Hayden found himself surrounded by Chinese forces in Korea along with about 150 fellow soldiers.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  17. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Carter Sluyter attaches a socket terminal to an arresting gear cable aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Sept. 10. MCSA Christopher Frost / Navy

    Ship crews face litany of maintenance problems

    The atmosphere was one of frustration shrouded in uncertainties as 1,100 Navy and industry leaders discussed ways to provide maintenance and modernization to a surface fleet burdened by growing demand and diminishing funds.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  18. Pfc. Nathan Currie, an EOD specialist for the 756th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, rescued a woman after her car went into a pond at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Army

    Soldier pulls woman from alligator-infested Fort Stewart pond

    Like many soldiers in his situation, Pfc. Nathan Currie credited his Army training for informing his actions when he saved a woman from drowning last month at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  19. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  20. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House on Sept. 20 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    White House intruder identified as Army veteran

    The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  21. Marines will need to have two pairs of the Rugged All Terrain Boots by Oct. 1, 2015. Those who've deployed to Afghanistan have been required to buy RAT boots since 2009, and they've been optional for wear with utility uniforms. Courtesy of Danner

    Marine recruits, officer candidates to get new Rugged All Terrain boots

    Changes are afoot. Starting in October, recruits and officer candidates will get the new Rugged All Terrain boot, a familiar piece of footwear that will replace the Marine Corps Combat Boot.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  22. Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    Air Combat Command chief reluctantly accepts Global Hawk over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  23. Rally set to bring home remains of Air Force major

    Family and friends in central Washington are planning a rally to help bring home the remains of a U.S. Air Force major who was shot down while flying a mission in North Vietnam in 1968.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  24. View the Army's new NCOERs

    The new Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reporting system, slated for a fall 2015 fielding, will feature separate forms for soldiers of different ranks, and new responsibilities for raters and senior raters will be fielded in the fall of 2015.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  25. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on Sept. 20 on the north side of the White House in Washington. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended. Susan Walsh / AP

    Fence jumper prompts more White House security

    The Secret Service is boosting security outside the White House following an embarrassing security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop h

    • Sep. 21, 2014
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