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  1. During the construction phase the catapult troughs are covered to protect them from the elements as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System is installed. MC1 Davis Anderson / Navy

    Prime Content Crew's ship: Sailors' comfort a centerpiece of new supercarrier Ford

    Electromagnetic catapults and a soaring $13 billion price tag get most headlines, but it is a variety of creature comforts and convenience that are making the Navy's next supercarrier a hit with its crew.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  2. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters on Oct. 1 at the Pentagon on the military health care system review. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Prime Content Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors

    An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  3. A chief select fed Master Chief Sonar Technician (SW) John Nowak shrimp on a fork during chief season training aboard aircraft carrier Carl Vinson on Aug. 31. Some witnesses said it was inappropriate, but the command later ruled it was not hazing or misconduct. Courtesy photo

    Prime Content Chief season screwups: These 4 cases may have crossed the line

    No more shenanigans. That was the bottom line of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens' controversial chief training overhaul two years ago, which ended decades of initiation rites.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. Cmdr. Patrick Foster, at right, told his crew Aug. 27 aboard the destroyer Barry they can wear ball caps with NWUs starting Sept. 1. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    New rules OK ball caps with blue cammies, on base and off

    You asked, pressed, urged and pleaded. And after six years, the Navy listened.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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

    Prime Content How to land a federal job: 25 tips from insiders and experts

    You've probably heard that federal agencies give some hiring preferences to veterans.

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

    Federal agencies aren't trying to hire veterans just because they think it's a nice thing to do. They've been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors the president and Congress.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  10. 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

    The military's lead research agency is working to develop what some are calling a ballistic '

    • Jul. 5, 2014
  11. 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
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