Category Archives: Military Personnel

A Brief History of Grooming in the U.S. Navy

A Brief History of Grooming in the U.S. Navy

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Military grooming standards made news this summer when African American women in the Army and Navy complained about revisions in the regulations governing hair. At least one sailor was discharged for a hairstyle that was unauthorized when the Navy said she couldn’t wear a gas mask properly.

The instance is the latest in a long line of revisions and controversies over military grooming standards in the U.S. Navy going back more than a century.

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Ben Bradlee's Life in the Navy

Ben Bradlee’s Life in the Navy

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Ben Bradlee. Photo via BBC

Ben Bradlee. Photo via BBC

Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, died on Tuesday. He was 93. Bradley was best known for leading the Post during the paper’s investigation into the break in at the Watergate Hotel by members of the Nixon administration and the subsequent political fallout. Bradlee also served as a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II and detailed his experience in his 1995 memoir, A Good Life.
The following is an interview Bradlee conducted with Naval History magazine in the December 1995 issue originally titled, “That’s What Editors Do.”
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CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

CNO Greenert: Navy Could Take New Look At ROTC Scholarship Mix

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Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

Naval ROTC incoming midshipmen freshmen perform a facing movement during NROTC freshman orientation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy said that service might take a second look at the mix of scholarships it offers to Naval ROTC midshipmen in the next few years. Read More

Navy Moving Two Additional BMD Destroyers To Japan

Navy Moving Two Additional BMD Destroyers To Japan

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USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

Two guided missile destroyers with the U.S. Navy’s latest ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems will be added to the service’s forward deployed forces in Japan by 2017, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced late Thursday. Read More

Russia: No Formal Refusal From France On Two Ship Mistral Deal

Russia: No Formal Refusal From France On Two Ship Mistral Deal

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Despite strong language from the French President François Hollande, Russia has not received formal notification from France suspending or cancelling the $1.53 billion deal for two Mistral-class amphibious warship deal, Russian officials said on Tuesday. Read More

Five U.S. Ships Held In Philippines Following Alleged Murder

Five U.S. Ships Held In Philippines Following Alleged Murder

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USS Peleliu (LHA-5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

Five U.S. Navy ships are being held in the Philippines — following the alleged murder of a Philippine national in Subic Bay —on orders from U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear. Read More