Category Archives: Military Personnel

SECDEF Carter: All Military Specialties Will Be Open To Women, Marine Objections Overruled

SECDEF Carter: All Military Specialties Will Be Open To Women, Marine Objections Overruled

 Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon's defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon’s defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. US Marine Corps Photo

All military occupational specialties in all four services — including infantry and special operations forces — will be available to women beginning next month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. Read More

Panel Outlines Range of Military Personnel Reforms to Senate Armed Services Committee

Panel Outlines Range of Military Personnel Reforms to Senate Armed Services Committee

2nd Lt. Mike White, recites the oath of office from then Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter during a commissioning ceremony in 2007. US Navy Photo

2nd Lt. Mike White, recites the oath of office from then Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter during a commissioning ceremony in 2007. US Navy Photo

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When looking to the size and shape of the future force, retired Adm. Gary Roughead, recommend to the Senate Armed Services Committee “to hold constant the number of active-duty personnel” and look first to reshape the reserve components, Defense Department civilians and contractors before making changes. Read More

Dunford on ISIS: ‘The Enemy Doesn’t Respect Borders and Neither Do We’

Dunford on ISIS: ‘The Enemy Doesn’t Respect Borders and Neither Do We’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, foreground, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. strategy for Syria and Iraq in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2015. DoD Photo

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, foreground, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. strategy for Syria and Iraq in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2015. DoD Photo

In discussing the administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday told the House Armed Services Committee “the enemy doesn’t respect borders and neither do we.” Read More

Navy Preparing 2 Separate Upgrades for Helicopter-Towed Minehunting System

Navy Preparing 2 Separate Upgrades for Helicopter-Towed Minehunting System

Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Tony Lio maneuvers an AQS-24 mine locator during a mine countermeasure operation during the Rim of the Pacific 2004 exercise. US Navy photo.

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Tony Lio maneuvers an AQS-24 mine locator during a mine countermeasure operation during the Rim of the Pacific 2004 exercise. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s helicopter-based mine countermeasures fleet will receive two separate upgrades in the coming years, one to address obsolescence and reliability issues in the legacy AN/AQS-24A system and one to add volume search capability. Read More