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U.S. Army

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Quicksilver, What In the Hell Are You Doing?

Every single promo pic I see of X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s Quicksilver makes me even more convinced that he’s some sort of weird fever dream. (Collider)

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Today in Boobs

First Female-Specific Body Armor Ships Out To Afghanistan

It’s safe to say, having body armor that doesn’t fit correctly is almost no armor at all. That’s why we’ve been following the development of body armor for women in the armed forces so closely. Previously, the armor was in a prototype stage and being worn by the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It turns out, the women of the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division are being deployed to Afghanistan soon and when they do, they’ll be wearing armor that fits.

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It's Technical

Currrent Military Designs For Body Armor Aren’t Suited For Women, But the House Is Looking Into That

As the American military starts allowing women to fight on the front lines of combat, more attention is being paid to how those women can best protect themselves. Namely, body armor. Since only men have been allowed in combat roles, there has never been any consideration for fitting body armor to the female form. While progress is still being made on uniforms (including those for pregnant members of the military), at least we know that the House Armed Services Committee is looking into things on the protective front.

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Rights of Passage

To Prove They’re Fit For Combat, Military Women Take to Cage Matches Against Military Men

It’s 2012, we are still at war in the Middle East, and women are still not allowed to fight in Army combat roles. And women who are in the Army and being denied the chance to serve to the same extent as their male counterparts have found a new way to prove that they can fight on par with men: MMA-inspired cage matches. With men.

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Firsts

First Women Allowed on Special Ops Teams in U.S. Army

Today in “News I thought had happened years ago,” the Army Special Operations Command is deploying its first teams of female soldiers to serve on the front lines of combat. In a review of their work so far, their initial performance has been called “off the charts.”

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Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

The Army Is Using X-Men: First Class As a Recruiting Tool

First, a caveat: It’s Memorial Day weekend, and we’re in no way saying anything disparaging about our men and women in uniform. That said, this is an article about the United States Army using X-Men: First Class as a recruiting tool, telling future recruits that joining the Army is as glorious as being a mutant. That’s the Army — not known for its unconformity — using the X-Men — known fairly well for their unconformity — to recruit soldiers — who are probably expected to conform to Army regulations and rules. And not just that, but the X-Men don’t exactly think that highly of the Army, at least not in X-Men: First Class.

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