President Calls for More Icebreakers

President Obama has requested money from Congress for new icebreaker ships for the Coast Guard, and would also like to accelerate the acquisition for an already-planned new icebreaker.

This request comes for a few reasons: the warming of the Arctic waters and the coastline around Alaska is increasing the amount of ship traffic through the area, a large amount of untapped resources are available in the Artic area, the US has fallen behind many other nations in icebreaking ability. Read more »

Cutter Eagle to Undergo Phase II Overhaul

The 79-year old Coast Guard cutter Eagle made quite a sight as it returned to Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, for Phase II of its almost $30 million overhaul. Read more »

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

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Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen. Read more »

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members. Read more »

USCG Ending Ground Mission in Afghanistan

Ever since 2003 the US Coast Guard has had small teams on the ground in Afghanistan to inspect and certify shipments heading from the war back to the US, but now with combat operations in Afghanistan ending months ago, that team's mission is ending, and the Coast Guard is pulling out of Afghanistan all together. Read more »

To Fight Drug Smuggling, USCG Fleet Needs Upgrades

The Coast Guard's ability to interdict drug smugglers and immigrants in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen steadily since the 2009 sequestration cuts, and it is asking for more money in fiscal year 2016 to help turn the tide. Read more »

The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied. Read more »

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system. Read more »

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Mexican army head is unhappy with law enforcement role

Mexico's defense secretary said Thursday that the country's army isn't happy doing law enforcement duty, but has no other choice.
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Declassified US docs reveal Pinochet ordered killing in US

Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light Thursday reveal that Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered the 1976 assassination of a Chilean diplomat in Washington.
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Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation, study suggests

A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the Japanese government's explanation.
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Air Force identifies bodies of 2 more men killed in 1952 Alaska plane crash

The men's remains were recovered in 2014, but a jurisdictional shift delayed the identification of the victims, prompting much criticism, including letters from Alaska, Missouri, and Florida legislators.
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Black flag of Islamic State militant group rises on Libyan coast

At first, the Islamic State fighters confined themselves to charity work. But the Libyan city of Sirte today is a subdued, fearful place, residents say, where the streets are deserted after dusk.
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Army chaplain enlisted so he could help men in Vietnam

Roy Ludlow was in the seminary in New Jersey when he received a letter that spurred him to travel halfway around the world.
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