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The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska has set aside living quarters for female officers in preparation to be one of the first submarines to have an integrated crew. The Navy announced April 29, 2010, a new policy to station women on submarines.  U.S. Navy

Enlisted women could be serving on submarines by 2016

ST. MARYS, Ga. — Enlisted women could begin serving aboard submarines as early as 2016, depending on the interest female sailors have in serving...

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island returns to base March 20, 2013, after spending 3 months at sea. (James Kimber/U.S. Navy)

Navy boosts sea pay for first time in more than a decade

TOKYO — Sailors and Marines could see as much as a 25-percent increase in sea pay, according to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in a Navy release...

A group of recruits take the oath of enlistment in New York City in April 2009. (D. Myles Cullen/US Army)

Almost 1 in 5 had mental illness before Army enlistment, study says

Almost one in five U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according...

An aerial view of the Pentagon. (Tia Dufour/USMC file photo)

Budget day: Pay and benefits stall as readiness spending climbs

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense released its short and long-term spending requests Tuesday, reaffirming that future defense budgets will...

An Air Force KC-135 from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refuels a 44th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle while two other F-15s fly in formation during a training mission over Okinawa, Japan, on April 5, 2013. (Maeson L. Elleman/U.S. Air Force)

F-15 fighter jet loses canopy near Okinawa; no injuries reported

An Air Force F-15 fighter jet lost its canopy Tuesday morning during routine training off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, the 18th Wing at Kadena Air...

Spilling the Beans

Java in Tokyo is much more than big international brands and smoke-filled station shops. In this guide, Metropolis takes a look at some perhaps...

A model of the Dokdo islets is on display at the Dokdo Museum in Seoul. (Ashley Rowland/Stars and Stripes)

Claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo, tiny island outcroppings stir nationalist fervor

SEOUL — Ulleung Island may be best known for its clean air, rugged scenery and fresh squid. But the museum business also is booming on this remote...

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is encouraging all airmen to grow a mustache this month during "Mustache March," but any attempts at upper lip facial hair must still comply with Air Force Instruction 36-2903. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

Mustache March

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Facial hair could be growing soon at an air base near you.
 
Amid the gloom of looming force reductions in the...

Colored spotlights and fog set the mood as a U.S. servicemember performs in drag during a fundraiser Saturday at Kadena Air Base to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.

Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted a gay marriage ceremonies and a...

DOD voids some debts in LQA dispute

STUTTGART, Germany — The Defense Department will not impose new debts on nearly 700 overseas civilian workers who the department says received...

Each year, Americans spend over 50 billion dollars on cigarettes, essentially smoking their money away, April 26, 2010. Roughly 30% of military active duty smoke and $930 million dollars are spent by the Department of Defense health care system on smoking related illnesses. This photo won honorable mention, illustrative in the 2011 Military Photographer of the Year competition. (Jodi Martinez/US Air Force/MCT)

Military's push to discourage tobacco use stumbles amid cheap cigarettes

Soldiers, sailors or airmen looking for the cheapest smokes need go no further than the retail exchanges on their own bases.
 
A pack of...

More tax tips as April 15 deadline approaches

Hello Military Community,

I have received queries for more information and details about filing taxes since writing about it in January...

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