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5 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs

First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs The Army in November officially began assigning female officers to lead the cannon platoons and plans to open other jobs, including those of crew members within the field artillery units. The integration comes as the military struggles with an increase in reports of sexual harassment and assault and as Congress battles with ...

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APR 14, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

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U.S. Sikhs say military's ban on long hair and beards keeps them out

Sikhs are forbidden by their religion to cut their hair, which is at odds with Pentagon policies. Waivers are possible but rare.WASHINGTON — Raised on his father's and grandfather's tales of military service in India, Amitoj Chhabra wanted nothing more than to follow in their footsteps and join the U.S. Air Force.

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APR 10, 2014 - The Week

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Obama's military budget mistake

The U.S.S. George Washington, one of the Navy's 11 aircraft carriers, needs money for fuel. A gas card won't do. It takes several years to refuel an aircraft carrier, at a cost of more than $1 billion. At a time when NATO, the Pentagon is shrinking its budget, part of President Obama's .But the squeeze has real world consequences. Congress ...

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APR 10, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Dad: Son overcome physical hurdles to join Marines

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The father of the 21-year-old Marine killed in an accidental shooting says his son overcame physical hurdles to join his two other brothers in the Marine Corps. A Pentagon spokesman says the fatal shooting Tuesday by a colleague in a guard shack at the North Carolina base appears to have been an accident.

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APR 10, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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SC House passes bill to improve military life

GOP Rep. Chip Limehouse of Mount Pleasant called Thursday's vote a major step in helping South Carolina keep its military bases as the Pentagon gets leaner amid national budget cuts. The measure promotes special courts to treat veterans who run into legal trouble, and also backs studies of children from military families to help track their academic progress.

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