Fees at national parks waived for veterans, Gold Star families starting next month


Starting next month, veterans and Gold Star families will be able to visit national parks and other public lands for free, under a new initiative from the Department of the Interior announced on Wednesday. Active-duty service members and their families are already granted free access to those sites under existing department rules. The new announcement […]

Women less likely to receive retention pay at NSA


Female employees at the National Security Agency were less likely to receive individual retention incentives than their male colleagues during a 2019 audit, according to an Oct. 28 report issued by the agency’s inspector general. NSA is authorized to offer certain employees additional compensation if managers believe that those employees perform unique, critical functions for […]

Military and family members: It’s not too late to vote by absentee ballot!


If you’re a service member or their family member stationed away from your voting district, or a U.S. citizen overseas, it’s not too late to vote —even if you haven’t received your requested absentee ballot from your election official. In some states, it’s not even too late to register to vote, because it can be […]

The 12 coolest and best jobs in the Marine Corps (according to Marines)


When most people think of Marines they picture an infantry Marine holding a rifle, but the Marine Corps has a whole lot more to offer than just infantry jobs. With more than 180 military occupational specialties, the Marine Corps offers everything from aviation to intelligence to special operations. With so many jobs to choose from, […]

Drop in insurgent attacks, coalition airstrikes leads to fewest civilian casualties in Afghanistan since 2012


KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a police special forces base in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, setting off a gunfight with police that was followed by two more suicide bombings, Afghan officials said. The coordinated attack killed five police and officials said seven militants were also killed. Gen. Ghulam Daud […]

Navy unveils quotas for active duty E-7 promotions


The Navy has released quotas for active-duty E-7 promotions for fiscal 2021 and more than 4,500 sailors are set to make chief petty officer. Overall, there are 18,018 E-6s being considered for a total of 4,765 spots — translating to a 26 percent chance of being promoted to E-7, according to Navy Personnel Command. That’s […]

F-35 to move into full-rate production later than expected


WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will have to put off moving the F-35 program to full-rate production due to another delay in starting critical simulation tests. Before the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer, Ellen Lord, can clear the F-35 for full-rate production, the jet must undergo a series of tests in the Joint Simulation Environment, which […]

2 Marine veterans involved in conspiracy to sell hard-to-trace guns, authorities say


BOISE, Idaho — A former Marine and another Idaho man charged with participating in a money-making conspiracy to build hard-to-trace firearms and distribute them in North Carolina will be transferred to that state, a U.S. District Court judge said Tuesday. Marine veteran Jordan Duncan, 25, and Paul James Kryscuk, 35, both of Boise, each waived […]

Deported Marine veteran wins federal lawsuit, earns US citizenship


A Belize-born Marine Corps veteran won his battle for U.S. citizenship on Tuesday, completing a naturalization interview that had been on hold for more than a year, according to a release from his attorneys. Former Sgt. Roman Sabal, 59, had been eligible for citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act, but a series of missteps […]

This Army major may have just solved your range time problems


A panel of soldiers with the XVIII Airborne Corps has selected its first “Dragon Innovation Challenge” winner. Maj. Evan Adams with the 101st Airborne Division, was selected Tuesday from five finalists for his work designing a user-friendly application for “scheduling, managing and forecasting ranges and land across the Army.” The competition began in August, reaching […]