military

Military Suicide
4:43 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Deployment Doesn't Increase Suicide Risk, Military Says

Joint Base Lewis-McChord headquarters.
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The suicide rate among recent veterans is about 50 percent higher than non veterans with similar demographics. But a study published Wednesday found that deploying to a war zone didn't necessarily increase a service members' suicide risk.

The U.S. Department of Defense study examined data from nearly 4 million service members who served between 2001 and 2007. It found that of the 5,041 suicides by 2009, the service members who deployed were no more likely to kill themselves than those who had not deployed.

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Women On Subs
5:27 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

USS Michigan First to Allow Female Enlisted On Board

A Sailor throws a heaving line to line handlers aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan.
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The USS Michigan will be the first submarine to allow enlisted women to serve onboard. It’s part of the Navy's plan to have women doing 20 percent of the jobs on mixed gender submarines by 2020. The Michigan is an Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

The Navy began allowing female officers on subs three years ago. Lieutenant Commander Brian Bandura says allowing enlisted woman is the next step in the Navy’s plan to a fully integrated submarine force.

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Police Weapons Lost
6:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wash. Law Enforcement Entities Lose Surplus Military Gear

A shot of the M16A2/A4 Series 5.56mm rifle, similar to the rifles that went missing from various police departments.
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In the past two years, four law enforcement departments in Washington state have been suspended from the military surplus program known as 1033.That’s the government program that issues surplus military gear to state and local municipalities who show a need, but some of those weapons have gone missing.

Under the program law enforcement agencies can apply to receive everything from shop Vac’s to Mine Resistant Vehicles. They only need to pay for the cost of shipping.

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Bergdahl Prisoner Swap
4:43 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GAO Finds Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Broke Federal Law

An independent government investigation out Thursday finds that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
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An independent government investigation out Thursday finds that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho. The Government Accountability Office said officials should have given Congress a 30-day notice.

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