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  1. The amphibious assault ship Kearsarge returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in November 2013 after an eight-month deployment. The Navy needs to get deployment lengths down to seven months, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert in an all-hands call aboard the Kearsarge in Norfolk. MCSN Edward Guttierrez III / /Navy

    CNO Greenert: 7-month deployments 'achievable and sustainable'

    The Navy's top admiral said he wants to bring deployments down to a seven-month standard — a call that stands in stark contrast to recent deployment lengths.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  2. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters on Oct. 1 at the Pentagon on the military health care system review. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Prime Content Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors

    An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  3. A chief select fed Master Chief Sonar Technician (SW) John Nowak shrimp on a fork during chief season training aboard aircraft carrier Carl Vinson on Aug. 31. Some witnesses said it was inappropriate, but the command later ruled it was not hazing or misconduct. Courtesy photo

    Prime Content Chief season screwups: These 4 cases may have crossed the line

    No more shenanigans. That was the bottom line of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens' controversial chief training overhaul two years ago, which ended decades of initiation rites.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. Cmdr. Patrick Foster, at right, told his crew Aug. 27 aboard the destroyer Barry they can wear ball caps with NWUs starting Sept. 1. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    New rules OK ball caps with blue cammies, on base and off

    You asked, pressed, urged and pleaded. And after six years, the Navy listened.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  5. Chief-selects head to their pinning ceremony aboard the flight deck of the dock landing ship Pearl Harbor in 2013. Before prospective E-7s can advance, they must go through a 'post-board scrub.' MC3 Samantha J. Webb/Navy

    Prime Content Post-board scrubs ensure eligibility for advancement

    If you're picked for advancement or promotion by one of the Navy's many annual selection boards, big Navy will no longer look at your physical fitness record before giving you its stamp of approval — that will now be up to your command.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  6. Sailors man the rails of the 6th Fleet flagship Mount Whitney as it arrives in Batumi, Georgia. With the ballistic missile defense mission ramping up and an increasingly confrontational Russia, more sailors will be spending time in Europe. MC1 Collin Turner / Navy

    Prime Content Ramping up missions yields more port calls for crews

    The crew of the cruiser Vella Gulf is getting very good at transiting the Turkish Straits into the Black Sea.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  7. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  8. Anthony Jones, second from right, left the Navy as a chief petty officer. He was serving in force protection when he realized the Transportation Security Administration had similar job descriptions that fit his interests, so he jumped to federal civilian service. He now supervises 15 people and 15 working dogs for the TSA in Atlanta. Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

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    • Jul. 7, 2014
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    • Jul. 7, 2014
  10. DARPA officials are partnering with industry to develop a barrier in a can, which could self-deploy with the push of a button and be used downrange instead of Hesco barriers, or perhaps even as a personal protective shield. Cpl. John McCall/Marine Corps

    DARPA calls on industry to develop compact, push-button wall

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    • Jul. 5, 2014
  11. Prime Content House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget

    In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket cos

    • May. 5, 2014
  1. Navy F-35 starts first sea trials with new tailhook

    If all goes according to plan, the F-35C Lightning II jet will roar into its first flattop trap Nov. 3 as news cameras roll, an event 17 years in the making....

      2:54 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  2. Military sexual assault survey draws complaints

    Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete....

      6:52 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  3. Official SEAL app gut-checks your fitness

    Think you've got what it takes to be a Navy SEAL? If you want to test your mettle, the Navy is about to drop an app for that....

      12:51 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  4. OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal

    Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal — the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal....

      12:26 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  5. OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal

    Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal — the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal....

      12:26 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  6. USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls'

    The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops....

      6:02 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  7. Former SEAL, author of bin Laden book, is under criminal probe

    U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges....

      11:25 AM, Oct. 31, 2014
  8. Official SEAL app gut-checks your fitness

    Think you've got what it takes to be a Navy SEAL? If you want to test your mettle, the Navy is about to drop an app for that....

      12:51 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  9. Crew's ship: Sailors' comfort a centerpiece of new supercarrier Ford

    Electromagnetic catapults and a soaring $13 billion price tag get most headlines, but it is a variety of creature comforts and convenience that are making the Navy's next supercarrier a hit with its crew....

      7:48 AM, Oct. 27, 2014
  10. Civilian pilot killed in crash after exercise with Navy identified

    Authorities say a civilian pilot killed in a jet crash during a military training exercise near a California Navy base was a 45-year-old Utah resident....

      10:02 AM, Oct. 31, 2014
  11. Comms system boss fired amid investigation

    The O-6 manager of a multibillion-dollar tactical radio system was fired Tuesday, Naval Air Systems Command said....

      12:57 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  12. Possible Islamic State leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico

    Officials have launched an investigation into leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., which 'may or may not be associated with the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State,' base spokesman Maj....

      5:33 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  13. Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says

    Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday....

      5:50 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  14. Navy F-35 starts first sea trials with new tailhook

    If all goes according to plan, the F-35C Lightning II jet will roar into its first flattop trap Nov. 3 as news cameras roll, an event 17 years in the making....

      2:54 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  15. Uneven burden: Some ships see time at sea surge; others fall well below fleetwide average

    Sailors on the destroyer Stockdale have seen more of the sea than they have of their families in the past three years....

      1:58 AM, Jun. 16, 2014
  16. OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal

    Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal — the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal....

      12:26 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  17. Spring petty officer exam dates set

    With the fall petty officer exam results about a month away, Navy personnel officials have announced the dates and requirements for the active-duty spring 2015 exams....

      3:50 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  18. Bataan ARG returns from almost nine-month cruise

    More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan amphibious ready group are returning home....

      5:23 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  19. 2 Fort Campbell soldiers arrested in Nashville

    A pair of Fort Campbell soldiers have been arrested after police say they caused a disturbance at a downtown bar before returning to the business with a pistol....

      2:48 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  20. Military sexual assault survey draws complaints

    Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete....

      6:52 PM, Oct. 31, 2014

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