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    A C-27 Spartan transport fixed wing aircraft arrives at the Afghan Air Force base in Kabul, Afghanistan on in 2010. Sixteen of Afghanistan's fleet of 20 C-27s -- known as G222s -- has been scrapped. MC2 David Quillen / Navy

    Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she is 'thrilled' that the Defense Department has proposed commonsense changes to the Military Lending Act that will protect service members and their families from predatory lenders. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families

    The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Editorial: Improving the PFA

    The sailors who run the Navy's fitness programs are about to get a boost they've long wanted: a Navy enlisted classification.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Editorial: Change unfair IRR rules

    The Navy Reserve this month imposed up-or-out rules on sailors in the Individual Ready Reserve. These caps, already in effect for drilling reservists and active-duty sailors, will trim the ranks of reservists who aren't cutting it.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    Editorial: A new fast food dilemma

    A long-overdue hike in the federal minimum wage should be nothing but good news.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    Editorial: Let's chill on the latte salute silliness

    The U.S. was firing missiles on Syria, soldiers were preparing to deploy to Iraq and folks on the home front were arguing over President's Obama's 'Latte Salute.'

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  1. Commentary: Tech, vocational schools serve vital need

    By early 2015, tens of thousands of troops will have returned stateside after more than a decade of military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tight Security: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, industry chair of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, addresses audience members in Huntsville, Ala., this week. Conference attendees were barred from talking to speakers and from taking pictures during the event. US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

    Essay: Censorship, police intimidation at missile defense conference

    In the back of a dimly lit banquet hall, a member of a prominent Washington think tank sat taking notes and snapping pictures of speakers' briefing slides using his mobile phone.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  2. A nurse sets an information sign about Ebola on a wall of a public health center on Friday in Monrovia, Liberia. The announced on July 30 it was shutting all schools and placing 'non-essential' government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa. The impoverished country, along with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected 1,200 people and left 672 dead across the region since the start of the year. AFP/Getty Images

    DoD may send personnel to Africa to help fight Ebola epidemic

    Defense Department officials are discussing the possibility of sending more personnel to western Africa to assist with the Ebola epidemic there.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
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    Marines with a security cooperation team work with Guatemalan marines during a train-the-trainer session at the Brigada de Infantera de Marina base in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on June 4. Mike Morones/Staff

    SOUTHCOM chief: Central America drug war a dire threat to U.S. national security

    In an exclusive commentary for Military Times, Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, writes that the increasing drug violence destabilizing Latin American countries is a critical and immediate security threat to the United States.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
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    Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, listens as Obama makes a statement at the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 30. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

    Editorial: A little bit of honesty at the VA, please

    The White House's nomination of Robert McDonald as the next secretary of veterans affairs offers at least one potential reason for early cautious optimism: his 30-plus years of corporate experience with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

    • Jul. 5, 2014
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    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors both serving and veteran at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
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    President Obama writes that, as was the case with the veterans who used the first GI Bill 70 years ago, investing in our newest veterans will produce leaders the country needs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Obama: Post-9/11 GI Bill keeps promise to newest vets

    The GI Bill, celebrating its 70th anniversary, has had a huge positive impact on the lives of millions of veterans over the years. President Obama says the generous Post-9/11 GI Bill continues to transform lives as one of the 'smartest investments' the nation has ever made.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  4.  Cpl. Randy L. Bernard/Marine Corps

    5 questions: Cutting benefits for military retirees

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Slear has touched the third rail of military and veterans' issues with an opinion piece arguing that a 'very small decrease in pay' for military retirees would be reasonable, considering the need for the U.S.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
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    An image made from video released April 7, 2010, by the the Taliban shows U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Site Intelligence Group / AP

    Opinion: Don't judge Bowe Bergdahl, that's the Pentagon's job

    If the evidence strongly indicates that then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, then he should be prosecuted on the appropriate charges.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
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    After five years on the job, it is time for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down. Rob Curtis/staff

    Editorial: Army Times says VA's Shinseki must step down

    The VA scandal over alleged 'secret wait lists' for health care appointments, which may have contributed to the deaths of dozens of veterans whose treatment was delayed, is still unfolding.

    • May. 16, 2014
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    American Legion commander: Shinseki must go

    A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, General Eric Shinseki has served his country well. His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach.

    • May. 5, 2014
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    Sailors stand in formation during a ceremony. May is Military Appreciation Month. MCC(SW/AW) John Lill/Navy

    Editorial: Appreciating veterans the right way

    Today marks Day One of the 15th annual celebration of Military Appreciation Month. Yet much of the nation still has no clue about how to truly appreciate the military that makes great sacrifices to keep them safe.

    • May. 1, 2014
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    Hayden on pay and benefits reform: Repeat mistakes, break the force

    The goal of the Military Officers Association of America is to promote the common defense by sustaining a strong all-volunteer force and ensure our nation keeps its reciprocal commitments to current and previous generations of career troops and families.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Korb on pay and benefits reform: Inaction carries heavy cost

    I am proud to be one of the 23 million living American men and women who have earned the title of veteran by serving our country in the nation's armed forces.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  5. Opinion: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt

    On Monday, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, a benefit that provides unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 with 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, is set to expire possibly leaving a number of veterans seeking careers in high-dema

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  6. The creators of 'Enlisted' have demonstrated a sincere effort to normalize America's view of troops. Fox

    EDITORIAL: Army Times calls on Fox to give 'Enlisted' better time slot

    The Fox network's new military comedy, 'Enlisted,' appears to have hit its stride, but stagnant ratings after the show's disappointing pilot episode threaten to torpedo its chances of being picked up for a second season.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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