Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs.

President Calls for More Icebreakers


President Obama has requested money from Congress for new icebreaker ships for the Coast Guard, and would also like to accelerate the acquisition for an already-planned new icebreaker.

This request comes for a few reasons: the warming of the Arctic waters and the coastline around Alaska is increasing the amount of ship traffic through the area, a large amount of untapped resources are available in the Artic area, the US has fallen behind many other nations in icebreaking ability.

Cutter Eagle to Undergo Phase II Overhaul

The 79-year old Coast Guard cutter Eagle made quite a sight as it returned to Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, for Phase II of its almost $30 million overhaul.

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

Read more, so I can explain.

Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.

USCG Ending Ground Mission in Afghanistan

Ever since 2003 the US Coast Guard has had small teams on the ground in Afghanistan to inspect and certify shipments heading from the war back to the US, but now with combat operations in Afghanistan ending months ago, that team's mission is ending, and the Coast Guard is pulling out of Afghanistan all together.

To Fight Drug Smuggling, USCG Fleet Needs Upgrades

The Coast Guard's ability to interdict drug smugglers and immigrants in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen steadily since the 2009 sequestration cuts, and it is asking for more money in fiscal year 2016 to help turn the tide.

The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

Coast Guard Anchor Line

DOJ: Veteran's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

Federal prosecutors now say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.
12 min 8 sec ago

Russian man convicted of hacking into US businesses

A jury convicted a Russian man Thursday of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that made him millions of dollars.
53 min 26 sec ago

Review: 'Southside with You' a perfect look at first date of future first couple

"Politics? Maybe," so shrugs a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) in Richard Tanne's "Southside with You." At the moment, he's got more important things to focus on -- namely, his companion, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and whether they're on a date or not. Tanne's film follows the first date of the future first couple, "Before Sunrise" style. It's a little bit about politics, but mostly just about these two remarkable people, their life stories and what they want to do in the world, which at this time is simply "more."
53 min 57 sec ago

US pilots provide first account of tense Syrian jet encounter

Two American fighter pilots who intercepted Syrian combat jets over northern Syria last week said they came within 2,000 feet of the planes without the Syrians aware they were being shadowed.
1 hour 1 min ago

Fort Campbell soldier apprehended after shooter report

Military police at Fort Campbell, Ky. responded to a report of an active shooter and apprehended a 101st Airborne Division soldier on Thursday.
1 hour 10 min ago

Russia downplays conflict with US over Syria weapons report

Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there doesn't have to be a confrontation with the United States over a report that blames the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for carrying out chemical attacks in the conflict-torn country.
1 hour 15 min ago