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  Capt. (Dr.) Tejdeep Singh Rattan joins his graduating class in singing "The Army Goes Rolling Along" during the Basic Officer Leadership Course graduation ceremony in 2010, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. If requests “reflect sincerely held beliefs” and don’t harm readiness, unit cohesion or good order and discipline,” beards, turbans and other signs of spiritual devotion will be approved by the military under a new policy the Pentagon. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

Pentagon eases rules on waivers for religious grooming

WASHINGTON — A clean shave and a boot-camp buzz cut are no longer mandatory for adherents of religions whose grooming practices differ from those...

  The USS Cowpens, a guided-missile cruiser, on patrol in the South China Sea as a part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Oct. 24, 2013. (Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy)

PACOM chief worried about ‘unprofessional’ Chinese naval officers

WASHINGTON — The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Thursday he was concerned about unprofessional and overly aggressive Chinese naval...

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran speaks to sailors about career sea pay, fleet manning and future deployment cycles during an all-hands call aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan on Tuesday. NICHOLAS COTTONE/U.S. NAVY

Navy wants to increase pay for sea duty

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Enlisted sailors heading out from port will soon receive their first sea pay increase in over a decade, Navy officials...

Deductions, exclusions 101 for military tax filers

Hello military community,

For many of us, tax season comes with a sinking feeling. The difficult circumstances faced by many military...

Korean War 60th anniversary commemorative book

The Bureau of Maine Veterans Services invites Maine's Korean War veterans to pick up their free copy of a beautiful hardbound, 160-page book...

Cody Turner, an MRI technician with the 455th Medical Support Squadron, prepares a patient for his magnetic resonance imaging scan at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on April 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force)

MRI machines for treating soldiers pulled from war zone

Advanced brain imaging machines sent to Afghanistan in 2011 at the urging of then-admiral Mike Mullen when he was the Pentagon's top military...

DOD Releases New Religious Accommodation Instruction

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 – The Defense Department today released a new instruction that details its updated policy on making religious...

Covan World-Wide Moving's website, Covan.com, touts the company's government and military moving services. (Covan.com)

Whistle-blower suit: Military moving firm accused of bilking government

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Since 2007, a major trucking company and an affiliate allegedly have bilked the U.S. government out of millions by making false...

Staff Sgt. Lindsay Rhodes' colorful shoes are now allowed in the revised Air Force instruction governing dress and appearance for Air Force personnel. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Air Force uniform changes include morale T-shirts on Fridays

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — When it comes to Air Force physical fitness training, reflective belts are out and black socks are in. Hot-pink cell...

  The USS Mount Whitney supports maritime security operations with the Georgian coast guard in the Black Sea, which is within the U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of responsibility, Nov. 13, 2013.   Collin Turner/Released

US military has escape plan for athletes at Sochi Olympics

The U.S. military will have warships and transport aircraft at the ready in case American athletes and officials need to make an emergency escape...

How will you answer the MLK Day question?

Hello military community,

As the new year begins and we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would like everyone to remember why this day...

  A mural on a concrete blast wall for the Concussion Specialty Care Center at Bagram Air Field, in Afghanistan, where many troops who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are sent to recover. Medical professionals at the center say new sensor technology is helping them better treat patients with head injuries.   Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes

With help from NFL, sensor technology helps treat head injuries in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Despite the constant warrior metaphors and references to “the trenches” from sports commentators, the experience...

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