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  1. Chief-selects head to their pinning ceremony aboard the flight deck of the dock landing ship Pearl Harbor in 2013. Before prospective E-7s can advance, they must go through a 'post-board scrub.' MC3 Samantha J. Webb/Navy

    Prime Content Post-board scrubs ensure eligibility for advancement

    If you're picked for advancement or promotion by one of the Navy's many annual selection boards, big Navy will no longer look at your physical fitness record before giving you its stamp of approval — that will now be up to your command.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  2. Sailors man the rails of the 6th Fleet flagship Mount Whitney as it arrives in Batumi, Georgia. With the ballistic missile defense mission ramping up and an increasingly confrontational Russia, more sailors will be spending time in Europe. MC1 Collin Turner / Navy

    Prime Content Ramping up missions yields more port calls for crews

    The crew of the cruiser Vella Gulf is getting very good at transiting the Turkish Straits into the Black Sea.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  3. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  4. Anthony Jones, second from right, left the Navy as a chief petty officer. He was serving in force protection when he realized the Transportation Security Administration had similar job descriptions that fit his interests, so he jumped to federal civilian service. He now supervises 15 people and 15 working dogs for the TSA in Atlanta. Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

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    • Jul. 7, 2014
  5. Prime Content Initiatives that give vets an edge

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    • Jul. 7, 2014
  6. DARPA officials are partnering with industry to develop a barrier in a can, which could self-deploy with the push of a button and be used downrange instead of Hesco barriers, or perhaps even as a personal protective shield. Cpl. John McCall/Marine Corps

    DARPA calls on industry to develop compact, push-button wall

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    • Jul. 5, 2014
  7. Prime Content House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget

    In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket cos

    • May. 5, 2014
  8. Prime Content Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  9. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, where he outlined significant changes to military compensation and troops levels in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Prime Content DoD pushes forward on pay, benefits cuts

    Never in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force has the Pentagon sought to roll back the existing military compensation package for service members.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  10. Prime Content No backdoor pay raise for top brass, official says

    The latest Pentagon budget calls for a one-year pay freeze for all general and flag officers.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  11. Vice Adm. Bill Moran, the chief of Naval Personnel, addressed issues from sea pay to advancements to uniform rules during a Feb. 18 interview with Navy Times staff. Mike Morones/Staff

    CNP's big changes: Higher sea pay, stable advancements and a streamlined uniform board

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    • Feb. 24, 2014
  12. 100326-N-3327M-103 SAN DIEGO (March 26, 2010) Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the ship transits into its homeport at Naval Base Coronado. Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 returned to its homeport of San Diego after completing an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Mitchell/Released) MC3 James Mitchell / U.S. Navy

    Prime Content Shore duty slackers

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    • Feb. 17, 2014
  13. Scores on exams could be de-emphasized in future advancement calculations for more senior sailors, but would count for more in junior petty officer advancements. Some Navy Times readers said they wanted the tests ditched entirely, while others wanted to modify the focus of the questions. MC3 George M. Bell/Navy

    Prime Content Weight of tests, evals, more would change under advancement plan

    Sailors have griped forever that the advancement rules reward bookworms and penalize gearheads.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  1. TA rule changes: Tougher grade requirement, but more sailors eligible

    An estimated 39,000 more first-term sailors are now eligible for tuition assistance with their commanding officer's approval, under a tuition assistance overhaul unveiled Aug. 21....

      4:01 PM, Aug. 30, 2014
  2. John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison

    A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina....

      11:49 AM, Aug. 30, 2014
  3. Iran confirms Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a 'clash.'...

      11:45 AM, Aug. 30, 2014
  4. Sailors prep for the next natural disaster

    More than 320 sailors and Marines put new gear and strategies to the test Wednesday in a bid to prepare for and reduce response times to natural disasters....

      9:42 AM, Aug. 30, 2014
  5. Coast Guard fires on Iranian sailing vessel

    A Coast Guard boat operating in the Persian Gulf fired in defense on an Iranian vessel Tuesday, according to a Defense Department statement....

      1:41 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
  6. Tips from the insiders on advancing to chief

    It's one of the hardest jobs that chief petty officers have — counseling their E-6s who didn't select for chief petty officer....

      10:43 AM, Aug. 24, 2014
  7. DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease....

      4:43 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
  8. 50 years later, a look at what really sank the Thresher

    Beginning with the pioneer nuclear-propelled submarine Nautilus, which went to sea in January 1955, the Navy has built 200 nuclear submarines of all types. These undersea craft have been manned by several hundred thousand sailors and have traveled more...

      4:27 PM, Apr. 4, 2013
  9. Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, U.S.

    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria....

      3:36 PM, Aug. 30, 2014
  10. China vows to respond to U.S. surveillance flights

    China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week....

      4:57 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
  11. Here are some last-minute Labor Day staycations

    The end of summer draws near — sigh — but it's not over yet!...

      4:54 PM, Aug. 30, 2014
  12. Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

    President Obama's acknowledgment the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition....

      11:46 AM, Aug. 30, 2014
  13. More charges in sailor's death in Germany

    A soldier will stand trial Oct. 14 on charges he made a false official statement and helped conceal a crime in the December death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov in Kaiserslautern, Germany....

      11:53 AM, Aug. 30, 2014
  14. John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison

    A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina....

      11:49 AM, Aug. 30, 2014
  15. 5 U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters near Iraqi dam

    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam....

      5:27 PM, Aug. 30, 2014
  16. Votel takes helm of Special Operations Command

    Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base....

      10:31 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
  17. 50 years later, a look at what really sank the Thresher

    Beginning with the pioneer nuclear-propelled submarine Nautilus, which went to sea in January 1955, the Navy has built 200 nuclear submarines of all types. These undersea craft have been manned by several hundred thousand sailors and have traveled more...

      4:27 PM, Apr. 4, 2013
  18. Finland suspects Russian airspace violation

    Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days....

      1:01 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
  19. California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

    California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged....

      12:11 PM, Aug. 30, 2014
  20. U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability....

      7:54 PM, Aug. 28, 2014

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