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Deployed and pregnant soldiers can receive temporary promotions under expanded policy

| November 25, 2020 | 13 Comments
Deployed and pregnant soldiers can receive temporary promotions under expanded policy

Jeff LPH 3 forwarded this article about the change in promotion criteria for deployed or pregnant soldiers. Soldiers deployed to combat or who are pregnant will be able to temporarily promote to the ranks of sergeant through sergeant major before completing the mandatory professional military education courses under an expanded policy that starts Jan. 1. […]

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Like Father, Like Son

| November 16, 2020 | 16 Comments
Like Father, Like Son

This article from Army Times did me some good.  A father and son graduate Ranger School exactly 35 years apart.  Read the whole thing, below. The reason they have precisely the same graduation date is in the article. https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/11/15/father-and-son-both-active-duty-officers-graduate-ranger-school-exactly-35-years-apart This kind of speaks for itself. Like father, like son.  Congrats to both of them! Let’s […]

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US Army identifies 5 Americans killed in helicopter crash in Egypt

| November 14, 2020 | 8 Comments
US Army identifies 5 Americans killed in helicopter crash in Egypt

US Army identifies 5 Americans killed in helicopter crash in Egypt They died as a result of a UH-60 crash in Sinai By Lucas Tomlinson The U.S. Army announced Saturday the deaths of five soldiers who were part of peacekeeping operations with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission. The soldiers died as a result […]

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Army starts getting new toy

| October 28, 2020 | 39 Comments
Army starts getting new toy

This thing looks like a wicked good time. Not sure anyone involved in this remembers the lesson of the unarmored HMMWV, but I still really want one. We can buy one for the website. I’ve got garage space I’ll graciously offer for use. We can put a field kitchen on the back for Ex-PH2 to […]

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West Point getting woke

| October 17, 2020 | 22 Comments
West Point getting woke

Jeff LPH 3 sent me this story. Following alumni accusations this summer of racist treatment at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, cadets, staff and the head of a new advisory group highlighted efforts to foster “character growth” among cadets there. Those initiatives have included a focus on racially based incidents, in […]

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New AWOL policy comes after macabre summer called attention to missing soldiers

| October 16, 2020 | 28 Comments
New AWOL policy comes after macabre summer called attention to missing soldiers

Jeff LPH 3 sends in the news that the Army is expected to roll out a new AWOL policy in light of all the missing soldiers. In the next two weeks, Army senior leaders expect to distribute a new policy governing how the absent without leave status is applied to a soldier who doesn’t report […]

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Updates on the Army’s new combat rifle competition

| October 15, 2020 | 36 Comments
Updates on the Army’s new combat rifle competition

Jeff LPH 3 sent me this article on the Army’s continuing selection process for a new personal rifle, to replace the M4/M16 and the M249 SAW. The gun that will replace both the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and the M16/M4 rifle/carbine weapons — and add a new, widely distributed caliber to the U.S. military inventory […]

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Deployment demands, training requirements to be reduced, Army leaders announce

| October 14, 2020 | 22 Comments
Deployment demands, training requirements to be reduced, Army leaders announce

Jeff LPH 3 sent along this article. I’m sure this will have no possible negative consequences like dropped standards. The Army secretary started this year’s Association of the United States Army with a bang, announcing the service will be reducing the demands of rotational deployments and decreasing requirements for brigade- and battalion-level training. Events over […]

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