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  1. The service has outlined five re-enlistment options for soldiers looking to continue their careers in the Regular Army. Re-up opportunities will now shift on a quarterly basis to better reflect the evolving manpower needs. Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann/Army

    Army issues new reenlistment rules

    The Regular Army retention program that opened Oct. 1 includes five re-enlistment options for qualified soldiers whose terms of service will expire before Sept. 30, 2015.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  2. New list of MOSs open for reclassification

    A new menu of Selective Retention Bonuses becomes available Oct. 31. In announcing these SRB changes in mid-October, the Army has given eligible soldiers a 21/2–week notice to opt-in for bonus rates that took effect July 2, but that will expire Oct. 31.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  3. The Army's five new re-up options

    The Army has released five basic re-enlistment options for the 2015 retention program. They are:

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  4.  Todd Warshaw / Getty Images

    Marine with Corps' new crisis response force dies in Iraq

    A member of the Marine Corps' newest unit that responds to crises in the Middle East died in Iraq on Thursday while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the Defense Department.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  5. Lt. Col. Gerald H. Green III was fired Oct. 9 from his role as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. He remains under investigation. Courtesy photo

    Head of Fort Benning Warrior Training Center relieved of command

    The head of the Warrior Training Center, a Fort Benning, Georgia-based unit that offers pre-Ranger and other training primarily for Army National Guard soldiers, was relieved of command Oct. 9 and is under investigation, the base announced Friday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  6. Fifty airmen identified by the June enlisted retention board for early separation from the Air Force can stay in as a result of a coding mistake. They can still leave the service as planned and separate by Jan. 31. Air Force

    Air Force review shows 50 airmen can remain on active duty

    Fifty airmen who were told that they must separate by Jan. 31 have been offered the option of remaining on active-duty, Air Force officials said Friday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  7. Cmdr. John Bradford was fired as the skipper of the destroyer Stethem after his ship ran over and sank a wooden canoe near Subic Bay. Bradford took command of the Stethem in a May 20 ceremony. MCSN Abby Rader/Navy

    Destroyer CO sacked after Philippines canoe collision

    A week after the Philippine media reported that the destroyer Stethem had run over a small canoe near Subic Bay, the ship's skipper has been fired.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  8. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, clear a building during a live fire exercise on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23. Pfc. Rashene Mincy/Army

    Army 'funding cliff' may mean more demand for deployments, reserve soldiers, leader says

    The Army likely will look to the National Guard and Army Reserve to fill steady-state missions as it deals with increasing demands for soldiers around the world.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  9. Army Spc. Kristal Calderon, with the 35th Signal Brigade (Theater Tactical), practices donning and removing personal protective gear during training at Fort Gordon, Ga. Her unit was due to deploy to Liberia, Africa, in late October. Capt. Lindsay Roman / /Army

    U.S. force to fight Ebola virus starts training in San Antonio

    The U.S. military effort to help contain the Ebola virus at home and in West Africa is gaining steam.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  10. Army announces sgt., staff sgt. selections for November

    These Regular Army soldiers are eligible for promotion to sergeant and staff sergeant on Nov. 1, based on their accomplishments under the cutoff scores system, the Army announced Friday:

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  11. Iraqi security forces and gunmen rest on a sidewalk following clashes with jihadists in September in Anbar province. U.S. military officials are wrestling with how to calibrate their advise-and-assist mission with Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State, which is growing especially heated in Anbar. AZHAR SHALLAL / AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. war planners focus on advisers in Anbar

    Top US military planners want to expand the limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq and are talking to allied partner nations about potentially putting non-American troops on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants, according to several military officials.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  12. Four crewmembers have safely evacuated an Air Force KC-10 that reported smoke in the cockpit while at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Air Force

    Air Force jet in Houston reports smoke in cockpit

    A U.S. Air Force refueling jet returning to California has made a safe emergency landing in Houston after smoke was reported in the cockpit.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  13. Mine detection dog Betsy, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been clearing Bosnia-Herzegovina of high explosives since 2009. Alix Hines/Medill News Service

    In mine-riddled Bosnia, bomb dogs are life savers

    When Betsy, a 7-year-old bomb-sniffing dog from Bosnia-Herzegovina, arrived in the U.S.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  14. Vehicle shipper still at odds with subcontractor

    A month after the end of the peak moving season, troubles continue for International Auto Logistics, the new contractor that is responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  15. Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  16. After Tamara Lusardi, a disabled veteran, transitioned from male to female on the job, her supervisor continued to call her 'sir' and 'he,' and she was told that she could not use the same restroom as all other female employees. Photo via Transgender Law Center

    Report: Army discriminated against transgender civilian worker

    The Army discriminated against a former soldier working at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, who transitioned from male to female, according to a federal report released Thursday, by improperly barring her from the female restroom and allowing employees to refer

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  17. A long-abandoned Atlas D site, west of Cheyenne, Wyo. Mead Gruver / The Associated Press

    Wyoming officials question missile cleanup plan

    Environmental quality regulators in Wyoming say pollution levels have increased at a retired Atlas missile site east of Cheyenne.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  18. The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa. Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin / Air Force

    Isolation pods will carry troops if they get Ebola

    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  19. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department has a number of existing programs and new initiatives in motion to help veterans in rural communities across the nation find careers and build small businesses in agriculture. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture

    Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  20. Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  21. In this frame grab taken from video provided by the New York Police Department, a former sailor identified as Zale H. Thompson approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet on Thursday in the Queens borough of New York. The man injured two with the hatchet before the other officers shot and killed him, police said. AP

    Ex-sailor injures NYC policeman with hatchet

    A New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a former sailor wielding a hatchet remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  22. Riders stand inside an L-Train subway car on Thursday in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg. John Minchillo / AP

    After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

    A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his il

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  23. Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  24. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre de Villiers, left, and French President's chief of staff general, Benoit Puga, at the Elysee palace in Paris, France. Gen. de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage. 'We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Alain Jocard / AP

    Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center

    France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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