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  • The military's real problem: Fewer Americans are joining

    12/17/2015 11:17:24 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | December 15, 2015 | John Spencer
    When President Barack Obama announced that women would be eligible for combat roles in the military earlier this month, he stated “our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter echoed those thoughts: “Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer … in the 21st century, that includes drawing strength from the broadest possible pool of people.” This change is going to help the military in any number of ways: It’s a step toward greater fairness, and...
  • Navy Moves Toward Unisex Uniforms and Covers

    10/14/2015 11:56:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Under orders from Secretary Ray Mabus, the Navy has announced changes that will eventually make uniforms and covers more gender-neutral. And so, the unisex "Dixie Cup," or enlisted white hat, will come into being and be available for wear by E-6s and below next April. Female sailors will also be allowed to carry bigger purses, so long as they match their shoes. "Having service members don the same headgear is symbolic of a Navy that is gender-blind," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman. "We have been working hard to design covers and uniforms that improve uniformity across the...
  • Shooter's family says he suffered from depression

    07/19/2015 8:31:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 107 replies
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The family of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga said in a statement that their son suffered from depression and was not the person they knew. "There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief," said the statement, provided Saturday to the Associated Press by a lawyer representing the family of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. "The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved. For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its...
  • While Obama Vacations in New York City, GOP Governors Act to Protect Troops

    07/18/2015 1:15:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama took a fundraising vacation to New York City the day after an Islamist terror attack on military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee killed five servicemen without taking steps to protect the men and women in uniform serving under him.SNIPIn contrast, three Republican governors have taken swift action to protect troops under their command, ordering that they be armed. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Florida Governor Rick Scott each issued executive orders arming full-time National Guard troops.
  • For Heaven's Sake, Let's Arm Our Service Members

    07/17/2015 9:44:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 17, 2015 | Matt Towery
    The tragedy of Thursday's attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is simply too much to take. It's one thing to know that the Obama administration has proposed shrinking the size of our active duty military, and has negotiated deals that inure to the financial benefit of nations who hate us. It's another thing to watch our loyal servicemen and women having to work on military bases with no ability to protect themselves. This is the last straw. In the early 1990s bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., began what has been an extended and renewed ban on military personnel...

    05/15/2015 5:27:44 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 78 replies
    As you might already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife naked and if he does, he must commit suicide. So at 7:00 am & 7:00... pm each day this week, all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists. Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort. All patriotic men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their houses to demonstrate their support for the women and to prove that...
  • U.S. defense chief sees military recruitment challenges ahead

    03/30/2015 5:05:45 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/2015 | David Alexander
    The U.S. military faces a challenge recruiting people with the high-tech skills it needs for the future as those who joined after the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks leave the service and the U.S. economy creates more jobs, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday. Carter, in a speech at his former high school, said the military has to attract about 250,000 people a year just to keep up with those who retire or leave the service to pursue jobs, education and other opportunities in the civilian world. At the same time, only about a third of the 21 million Americans...
  • Obesity Affects Number Of Those Eligible For Military Service (70% ineligible)

    11/21/2014 8:43:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jessica Kartalija
    Unhealthy eating habits could become an issue of national security. The Department of Defense says that obesity is affecting the number of Americans eligible to serve in the military. Jessica Kartalija reports now theres a push for kids to eat healthier. Recruiting for our military is facing a growing challenge. I am very concerned about the reduced number of men and women who can meet all of the qualifications required to serve in our armed forces, said retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Steven Tomaszeski. Now, retired admirals from Maryland are releasing a report, citing obesity as the number one reason...
  • Top General Worries U.S. Army Getting Too Small

    10/13/2014 10:17:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog ^ | October 13, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    The Armys top general said Monday that an increase in threats around the world requires that the U.S. rethink plans to cut the size of the American militarys ground force. The Army agreed reluctantly to cut the size of its force to 490,000 under the budget reductions originally approved in 2011. But as a result of subsequent White House-Congress spending battles and military budget reviews, Pentagon leaders said the Army has had to make plans to shrink even further, to 450,000 or even 420,000. But Gen. Ray Odierno, the chief of staff of the Army, said Monday that...
  • Army Will Not Release Bergdahl Investigation Report (Friday News Dump)

    10/10/2014 3:53:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    The Army has no plans to release the results of an investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and capture by the Taliban in 2009, a spokesman said Friday. "We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process, and look forward to future discussions on this issue. However, the Army's priority is ensuring that our process is thorough, factually accurate, impartial, and legally correct," Army spokesman Wayne Hall said in a statement.
  • ESPNs Colin Cowherd: People Who Enlist in the U.S. Military Have No Choices, Join To Pay Bills

    09/30/2014 5:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    ESPNs Colin Cowherd went off on a rant today about Americans who do and do not, in his view, deserve his sympathies. Those who do not include those who choose to smoke, eat fast food or drink 13 cokes every day. Thats on you, Cowherd said, delivering a sentiment that many Americans would probably agree with. My sympathy goes to the military members in this country, Cowherd said toward the end of Tuesdays show. Socio-economically, no choices, paid almost nothing, lose a limb, lose a life. That, I feel sympathy for. Military members past and present probably arent looking to...
  • Military Leaders Increasingly at Odds With Obama Over ISIS Strategy

    09/19/2014 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | September 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Obama's strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America's top generals about how to move forward against the terror army. Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are...
  • Obamas administration at war with itself over ISIS strategy

    09/18/2014 7:05:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    It is becoming difficult to escape the impression that President Barack Obama heads an administration at war with itself over the appropriate strategy to combat the ISIS threat. Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday, the president made a point of conspicuously noting again that American troops sent to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission. The clarification was not unexpected; it came just one day after Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the U.S. Senate in a public hearing that there were circumstances which would lead...
  • America's Military: How Did Your Father Dream?

    08/03/2014 2:45:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | August 3, 2014 | Lee Culpepper
    In a suburb of our nations capitol, I learned that most kids fathers were not Marine Corps fighter pilots, but mine was. My dad told me that when I was born, he was deployed overseas to hunt down communist aviators and to rain down terror on Americas enemies by lighting Ho Chi Minhs soldiers on fire. My dad had this patented-daring side that often made light of dark subjects and traumatized morally superior Americans like Jane Fonda. But my dads equally austere side taught me to respect the danger, sacrifices, and valor of warriors who have served our country honorably....
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obamas strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for todays global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States. The forces numbers spelled out in...
  • Military Pride: These States Boast the Highest Enlistment Rates in America

    07/20/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Independent Journal Review ^ | July 20, 2014 | Mike Miller
    While enlistment rates in the U.S. military vary by group, they also vary by state. Enlistment ranges from less than 3 per thousand in North Dakota to more than 7 per thousand in Florida and Maine. According to the Defense Department, differences exist at the regional level as well. In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South, despite it having only 36% of the countrys 18-24 year-old civilian population. By contrast, the Northeast was the most underrepresented region of the country; only 14% of new enlistments came from this area, compared to 18% of its 18-24 year-old...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments were told theyll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Today is About More than Our Fallen Heroes

    05/26/2014 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | May 26, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Memorial Day began as a simple observance of our heroes. Declared by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan as Decoration Day in 1868, the unofficial holiday was intended to furnish the graves of soldiers with flowers, flags, and recognition. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance, Logan explained. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic. But there is more to today than merely proclaiming that the lives of so many soldiers were not lost in vain....
  • Crimea Offers Showcase for Russias Rebooted Military (Not Your Father's Red Army Alert)

    04/02/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/02/2014 | C. J. CHIVERS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    The soldiers guarding the entrances to the surrounded Ukrainian military base here just south of the capital, Simferopol, had little in common with their predecessors from past Russian military actions. They were lean, fit and sober. Few if any seemed to be conscripts. Their uniforms were crisp and neat, and their new helmets were bedecked with tinted safety goggles. And there was another indicator of an army undergoing an upgrade: compact encrypted radio units distributed at the small-unit level, including for soldiers standing such routine duty as guard shifts beside machine-gun trucks. The radios are a telltale sign of a...
  • Military recruiters challenged to fill smaller, specialized force

    02/03/2014 7:10:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 2, 2014 | Pamela Wood
    Chief Petty Officer Tori Novo says she finds herself saying "no" to young people who want to ship out to sea with the Navy more often than she used to. A recruiter for seven years, Novo says she has seen the standards for enlisting in the Navy become tougher. And that means more young people who desperately want to join the Navy -- for a career with a steady paycheck, for educational opportunities, for a chance to serve their country -- don't make the cut. Many of those applicants -- the ones "who would beg on their hands and knees...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • Liberals in Uniform? Really?

    12/05/2013 3:40:07 PM PST · by Ronin · 58 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 6, 2013 | Ronin
    Liberals in uniform? In another forum, I got into a semi-squabble with a hardcore Liberal regarding the political affiliations of service members. She insists that Conservatives are no longer in the majority, and that most men and women in uniform are either Democrat voters or even Socialists. I told her that based on my Navy experience, and based on conversations with other veterans and active duty friends, she has no idea what she is talking about (actually I expressed it more forcefully than that), but it did get me thinking. Obama has purged, and will continue to purge, the higher...
  • Pentagon Cant Afford Syria Operation; Must Seek Additional Funds

    08/30/2013 3:55:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 30, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.
  • Who Serves in the Military? (Military enlistment to population ratios by region and income)

    07/29/2013 11:44:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | 07/29/2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    Peter Robinson at Ricochet directs attention to a study by the Heritage Foundation of military enlistment to population ratios by region. It tells us that, generally speaking, folks from Red States are much more inclined to serve in the military than folks from Blue States.The most over-represented region consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The most under-represented region is the Northeast from Pennsylvania upwards. The Mountain West — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico — is over-represented. So is Southeast. The Pacific West and the Midwest are underrepresented. The Midwest’s short-fall in the military...
  • Military Told Not To Read Obama-Scandal News

    06/10/2013 5:54:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    WND ^ | June 10, 2013 | Gina Loudon
    President Obama has said the outrage over the federal governments decision to monitor citizens phone activity is all hype.
  • John McCain: Women should avoid military service until sexual misconduct crisis solved

    06/05/2013 8:09:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 4, 2013 | Bill Briggs
    Sen. John McCain, who built a potent political career on his record as a Vietnam veteran and ex-prisoner of war, on Tuesday told the leaders of every military branch he cannot in good conscience advise women to join the service as the military grapples to contain and curb its sexual assault epidemic. "Just last night, a woman came to me and said her daughter wanted to join the military and could I give my unqualified support for her doing so. I could not," McCain, an Arizona Republican, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing examining whether all serious sexual...
  • VINTAGE PHOTO: Donkey Riding On The Back Of WWII G.I.

    06/03/2013 7:04:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Retronuat ^ | 1940s | Retronaut
    c. 1940s: Military donkey ride
  • Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

    06/02/2013 2:00:48 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2013 | KARL W. EIKENBERRY and DAVID M. KENNEDY
    STANFORD, Calif. AFTER fighting two wars in nearly 12 years, the United States military is at a turning point. So are the American people. The armed forces must rethink their mission. Though the nation has entered an era of fiscal constraint, and though President Obama last week effectively declared an end to the global war on terror that began on Sept. 11, 2001, the military remains determined to increase the gap between its war-fighting capabilities and those of any potential enemies. But the greatest challenge to our military is not from a foreign enemy its the widening gap...
  • Benghazi witness: US military response could have scared off attackers, prevented mortar strike

    05/07/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies ^ | May 6, 2013 | FoxNews.Com
    The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.
  • The Ivy League Was Another Planet (They don't recruit rural poor well, but military does)

    03/29/2013 3:41:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Claire Vaye Watkins
    IN 12th grade, my friend Ryan and I were finalists for the Silver State Scholars, a competition to identify the Top 100 seniors in Nevada. The finalists were flown to Lake Tahoe for two days of interviews. On the plane, Ryan and I met a boy from Las Vegas. Looking to size up the competition, we asked what high school he went to. He said a name we didnt recognize and added, Its a magnet school. Ryan asked what a magnet school was, and spent the remaining hour incredulously demanding a detailed account of the young mans educational history: his...
  • Forbidden Advice for Plain Jane in Combat

    02/08/2013 9:24:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 8, 2013 | Suizanne Fields
    American women have been cleared for combat, but the generals at the Pentagon only think they are the very model of the modern major general. Women have been locked in combat since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Men and women have been fighting the unending war between the sexes since, giving no quarter, but happily taking each other prisoner. It's a war nobody can win, as Henry Kissinger observed, because there's too much fraternizing with the enemy. But when a helpful Amazonian warrior tries to shorten the odds for her side, someone invariably makes...
  • FReep the vote for our wounded, ill and injured veterans.

    10/09/2012 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 1 replies
    Please help us get a Presidential Proclamation.
  • (For Memorial Day 2012) Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos

    05/26/2012 12:24:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    LIFE ^ | Frank Scherschel
    Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos Its no mystery why images of unremitting violence spring to mind when one hears the deceptively simple term, D-Day. Weve all seen in photos, movies, old news reels what happened on the beaches of Normandy (codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold and Sword) as the Allies unleashed an historic assault against German defenses on June 6, 1944. But in color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFEs Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English...
  • The Least I Could Do

    02/19/2012 9:45:09 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 4 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 19, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    I recall a few years ago I was engaged in our favorite national pastime waiting in the drive-thru line at the local Tim Hortons when I noticed a Canadian Forces truck pull in behind me, occupied by two of our Finest. Figuring it was the least I could do, I told the girl at the window to put the next order on my tab. After a couple of double-double coffees and a box of Timbits were added, I got my stuff and moved on. A store across the parking lot was my final stop before home. I had...
  • Justin Timberlake Was "Truly Moved" at the Marine Corps Ball [I've met so many of my heroes]

    11/16/2011 11:37:03 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 14, 2011, Updated Nov. 16, 2011 | HollyscoopTV
    Remember when that Marine made a YouTube video inviting Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball and she was like "Oh scheduling conflict, can't go" and Justin Timberlake was like, "You should go" so then another marine was like "Well, if you're pressuring Kunis to go to the ball, then you should come with me" and Justin Timberlake was like "Ok"? Anyways, that Marine Corps Ball was this past Saturday and Justin Timberlake was the date of Corporal Kelsey DeSantis. Timberlake says the entire evening was one that he would never forget and wrote on his website: "I didn't know...
  • Our Militarys Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

    07/20/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Brownfield
    This is the grim state of our militarys readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navys deployed aircraft not ready for combat. That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepairwhat The Heritage Foundations Mackenzie Eaglen calls a readiness crisis among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is dangerously lower, she writes, leading to delayed,...
  • A new era at Joint Base: Leadership turns from Army green to Air Force blue.

    07/18/2011 11:43:11 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 4 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 18 July 2011 | Sig Christenson
    The arrival of summer brings command-change ceremonies on military installations around the nation, but the one Monday at Fort Sam Houston was historic. Blue Air Force uniforms dotted the post's sprawling MacArthur Parade Field, rather than Army green. An Air Force general presided over a 46-minute ceremony that saw a fellow airman, Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick, turn over command of Joint Base San Antonio to Air Force Brig. Gen. Theresa Carter. Patrick, who will lead the 2nd Air Force in Biloxi, Miss., has spent the past year leading a new kind of installation ordered by the 2005 Defense Base Closure...
  • President Honors Wounded and Ill on Silver Star Service Banner Day

    05/01/2011 4:01:03 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 1+ views
    The Silver Star Families of Ameria ^ | May 2011 | Steve Newton
    Today is Silver Star Service Banner Day and the start of Military appreciation Month.
  • Camp Lejeune Marines To Libya To Strike At Qadhafi Forces

    03/25/2011 7:26:35 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 36 replies
    WCTI.COM ^ | 3/24/11 | WCTI Staff
    We've seen Camp Lejuene Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya. About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take part in support operations based aboard USS Kearsarge at sea. Those support operations have thus far included air strikes and one rescue operation. The overall mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people. "The ability to launch these and other missions directly from naval vessels illustrates the unique and valuable capacity of the Navy/Marine Corps team called 'sea-basing'", said Captain Timothy Patrick, spokesman for II Marine Expeditionary...
  • Nation At Greater Risk

    02/08/2011 10:53:41 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 8, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The national decline in education standards is starting to affect national security. Almost a quarter of young people who tried to join the military between 2004-2009 did not pass the entrance exam, according to a study released last month, according to a story which appeared in The Education Reporter in January. The dismal pass rate is causing concern among military leaders about national security. The 23% military exam failure rate is even more disturbing because the exam is only given to people who meet other requirements; the Pentagon reports that 75% of 17- to 24-year olds dont even qualify to...
  • Officer won't sign order for troop indoctrination

    12/25/2010 4:20:55 AM PST · by plsjr · 145 replies · 3+ views
    WND ^ | 25 December 2010 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    President Obama's repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is already damaging the U.S. military. An Army lieutenant colonel has asked to be relieved of command rather than order his troops to go through pro-homosexual indoctrination following the repeal of the policy, which required homosexuals to keep silent about their sexual preference. Currently the commander of a battalion-sized unit in the Army National Guard, the officer also has threatened to resign his commission rather than undergo "behavior modification" training intended to counter his religious convictions about homosexuality.
  • DADT repeal forces heterosexuals to strip naked for gays

    12/20/2010 4:15:37 PM PST · by SGW · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/20/10 | Gil Guignat
    At a time when the economy is in total meltdown mode, when Phoenix police officers and Arizona border patrol agents are being slaughtered by a drug war Obama refuses to fight, Congress focuses on gays in the military while it has no ability to help us win the wars we are waging or turn the economy around. Isnt the whole point of being gay that you are attracted to same sex individuals? With the repeal of DADT (Dont ask dont tell) in the military, individuals who are gay will no longer have to hide that fact. In other words, the...
  • Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood

    12/08/2010 6:07:19 AM PST · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Jonathan Tilove
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible. Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood." In a meeting Monday with Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood...
  • Military Recruiter Stabbed at Career Center in Illinois

    10/19/2010 11:11:22 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 18 replies ^ | Published October 19, 2010 | | Unknown
    A military recruiter was stabbed Tuesday at a career center in Illinois, reports. The attack reportedly occurred at the Armed Forces Career Center near St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights, Ill. Lt. John Proffitt of the Fairview Heights Police Department told the station that a man walked into the center Tuesday to inquire about enlisting. The suspect then reportedly used a pair of scissors to stab the recruiter in the back.
  • Lady Gaga Says YES To Gay 'Ask And Tell,' In Military. Veteran Says NO. Who Will Senate Listen To?

    09/21/2010 5:55:40 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 36 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 09/21/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
  • Give credit where credit is due

    08/31/2010 5:40:59 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8/30/2010 | Congressman Mike Pence
    As the combat mission in Iraq draws to a close for the United States and the president prepares to address the nation tonight, the Obama administration is attempting to rewrite history by taking singular credit for our accomplishments in Iraq. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. recently claimed it was President Obama who laid out the plan for a responsible end of the war in Iraq. But that's not the whole story. As we mark this milestone, let us remember the real history of Operation Iraqi Freedom and give credit where credit is due - to the American service members,...
  • Will military ballot access impact key Congressional races?

    08/27/2010 5:45:32 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2010
    Control of the House, and possibly the Senate, could come down to tough races in states like Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, and Florida. In close races, absentee and military ballots can play a large role in determining the winners. However, some states may not get the ballots to military voters and their families in time to be counted despite the passage of legislation that require states to have a 45-day window on ballot delivery, as Fox News reported early today: Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Michael Bennet of Colorado are just two incumbents locked in tight re-election races in states...
  • Two Teachers Disrespect Their Students Entering Military!

    06/21/2010 7:21:49 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 14 replies ^ | June 18, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    When Massachusetts High School students, faculty members, and parents gathered to celebrate and honor the students among them who decided to serve in our armed forces, there wasnt a thought that anybody would use the moment for a political protests. It was a moment, where many students were getting achievements for a year well-done and with a special honorary moment and plaque going to the group of students who had chosen the most honorable career in our country, the United States Military. What should have been an inspiring and special moment for those students and their families was ruined by...
  • Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots

    04/15/2010 6:23:50 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 1 replies · 481+ views
    Facebook ^ | 4/15/2010 | None
    Description: When I first came across this groups link, it had already been taken down by Sgt Stein. I did not have the opportunity to read any of the posts by Sgt Stein. I only read that he felt like he was forced to remove the group. I was curious as to what rules or laws he had broken by having this group. Was it the associatio...n of the Armed Forces with the Tea Party movement? I continued this group because I felt like it should continue to be a forum for anyone to express their opinion on any subject....
  • EDITORIAL: The enemy at West Point--Liberals continue their assault on our armed forces

    12/03/2009 5:48:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 1,904+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2009 | Editorial
    Insults against West Point by MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews are part of a pattern of left-wing denigrations against Americans serving in uniform. It's a motif indicative of an anti-military mind-set that is as dangerous as it is rude. Discussing the West Point audience's response to President Obama's speech about Afghanistan, Mr. Matthews quipped on Tuesday: "I saw a lot of, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there that the president chose to address tonight. And I thought that was interesting: He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his...