The Pentagon is preparing to end the ban on transgender troops in the military by May 27 of next year, according to a memo sent to top military personnel and medical officials last week.
If you were surprised by the fact that two women are graduating from the Army’s Ranger School this week, you haven’t been paying attention. At the end of May, after all 19 women who began the course had washed out, the Army’s top general announced that the trial program had been a “success,” and that further iterations of the course would likely be opened to female students. At the same time, it was announced that three of the women who had failed, including the two who have now made it to graduation, had been offered the opportunity to begin the course over again. This is not an unprecedented opportunity for stellar soldiers who have underperformed on one or two events, but it is not a widely available opportunity, either.
The top officer of the U.S. Navy said Tuesday that the service is “on track” to open up its SEAL teams to women who pass the required grueling training course.
Two women will become the first female soldiers to graduate from the Army’s Ranger School later this week after the combat leadership course was opened up to women on a trial basis.
Days before his retirement, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno is emphasizing the need for the United States to continue its campaign against the Islamic State in the Middle East, describing the current U.S. position against the terrorist organization as a “stalemate.”
During the operation which killed a top Islamic State (IS) leader earlier this year, British SAS commandos dressed as American soldiers and carried American weapons in order to conceal their involvement.
James Stavridis, a retired U.S. admiral and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, slammed the Obama administration Sunday for repeated military cuts despite the fact that the country remains engaged in “real combat operations.”
A retired Navy commander says that if the Obama administration’s plan to bring Guantanamo inmates to the U.S. succeeds, “activist” judges could set those prisoners free on American streets.
The brother of actress Alicia Silverstone, infamous for consuming her own placenta after pregnancy, was snagged in the California marijuana raid in which alleged U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl was also caught up.