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Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring.

Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

women in combat

Starting in January, Defense Secretary Carter announced Thursday, all military jobs in all branches will be open and available to women. Carter said that his decision to open all jobs to women was shared by the secretaries of the Navy, Army and Air Force and the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Only one military leader, Gen. Joseph Dunford - then the Marine Corps Commandant, now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - recommended keeping some positions closed to women.

Third Woman Ranger - A Reservist - Graduates!

Major Lisa Jaster, an Army Reserve officer and West Point graduate became the third woman to graduate from the Army's famed Ranger School earlier this month. She, along with Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, are the only three women to graduate from the school from the class of 19 women that began back in April.

First Army Commanding General: Guard and Reserve Need More Training Time

The commanding general of First Army, Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, shared his thoughts on the training and readiness of the National Guard and Reserve, and his plan to improve their capabilities and mobilization readiness in an interview with ArmyTimes.com. One of his biggest gripes - 39 days of training a year are not enough for an "operational reserve" force!

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.

USMC Reserve to Offer Deployment Options

Despite stretched budgets across the military, the US Marine Corps Forces Reserve will continue to give Reserve Marines opportunities to participate in international deployments and large scale exercises, to help keep Reservists busy as the active-duty Corps begins to take back some missions that they passed off to the Reserve forces over the past 14 years.

Reserve Commander Discusses Readiness

According to Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of Army Reserve Command, budget cuts have been taking a toll on both the readiness and modernization of the Army Reserve - even as the demand for Reserve soldiers and their unique capabilities is on the rise.

Concern About Commission on Army Structure

Two House Republicans are concerned that the Commission on the Future of the Army, group that is tasked by Congress to study the future of the US Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve, may not be functioning as it was intended.

Americans Receive Highest French Honor

France is awarding its highest honor, the Legion of Honor medal, to the three Americans and one Briton that subdued a heavily-armed passenger that was on their high-speed train that was heading from Amsterdam to Paris with 500 passengers.

National Guard News Wire

Montford Point Marine Memorial dedication set for Friday in North Carolina

The national convention will be held in Jacksonville this year and will include events like the Montford Point Memorial dedication that will memorialize the courage and resilience of the black Marines that trained at Montford Point.
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Review: 'Nerve' is thrilling, jittery internet game gone wild

The romantic teen cyber thriller "Nerve" makes for a fascinating double feature with another release this weekend, "Jason Bourne." Both films want to debate the ways in which online surveillance affects our everyday lives, but while "Bourne" wrestles with the state and corporate America, "Nerve" throws caution to the wind and exchanges privacy for cold, hard cash proffered by a bloodthirsty, anonymous mob.
55 min 37 sec ago

Into the Wild(woods) of New Jersey

With more than 8 million visitors each summer season, the Wildwoods, the collective name for the beach towns of North Wildwood, Wildwood City and Wildwood Crest, is the most-visited family vacation destination at the Jersey Shore.
1 hour 2 min ago

Americans injured fighting Islamic State group in Afghanistan

Gen. John Nicholson says none of the wounds are life-threatening; three of the soldiers have been evacuated from the area, and two have been returned to duty.
1 hour 33 min ago

Take a musical journey down the Mississippi Blues Trail

From Tupelo to Clarksdale and Vicksburg to Biloxi, Miss., the ghosts of the musicians who invented the blues float above the fields, beckoning from dusty back roads and river bends.
1 hour 40 min ago