It's easy to get caught up in Memorial Day being about a three-day weekend and stores having big sales, but Memorial Day is a day when we remember and honor the brave men and women who've given their lives in service of the United States through their participation in our nation's military. No matter what your political leanings, or what your opinions on how best to support our military, those who choose to serve our country, as well as their families, deserve our utmost respect.Read More
For the first time this year, the US Army opened its Ranger School to women applicants; 381 men and 19 women got approved to undergo the training program, and two women made it to graduation alongside 94 male peers. Unfortunately, it's not yet clear what awaits these women upon completion of the course; women are not yet permitted to join the 75th Ranger Regiment.Read More
In my grandmother's assisted living home stands a very wonky statue which was recently decapitated by a nurse. Her head has been duct taped back together, and there she stands; a statue of a World War II WAC. After all, my grandmother held tightly to those memories of her time serving in the Women’s Army Corp.Read More
The military is so good at acronyms. IMO.
iPads and Nooks aren't allowed in the Navy--the relatively small eReaders take up too much space and their Wi-Fi could leave vessels vulnerable to security threats. Thankfully for seafaring bookworms, a press release today announced the release of the Navy eReader Device, or NeRD. Just don't get it wet!Read More
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For years, U.S. Military Labs have been cooking up technology to drastically improve the lives of soldiers in the field. After lengthy research and much anticipation, food science has finally done the impossible and created a pizza that stays edible for years, even in hot climates. Little Caesars, you should be ashamed.Read More
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A scientist from the Indiana University School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Army to design a nasal spray that should suppress thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that the military would be looking into alternative methods to keep soldiers from killing themselves. According to RT, 116 U.S. soldiers have died of suspected suicide in 2012, and the army currently has the highest recorded rate of suicide in its history.Read More
In an attempt to replace the stereotypical map-table with figurines and one of those little, miniature push-broom thingies, the company AAI has developed a giant touchscreen tablet that could allow commanders to give orders to troops on the ground the same way you pick the angle you want to launch your bomb bird.
The tablet is two feet by three feet and uses collected surveillance information to show a map of the war-zone that is as accurate and up to date as possible, including simple stuff like terrain and structures, but also the location of friendly and enemy troops. The enemy troops part won't always be perfect, of course; the tablet does not allow you to disable the fog of war function.Read More
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After being announced late last summer, the new women's Army Combat Uniform has been issued to 150 soldiers at Fort Benning in Georgia to undergo testing. The current uniform, while being treated as unisex, has received complaints concerning its fit. And while some are not exactly supportive of a "women's only" uniform, the producers of the uniform expect a very positive response.Read More