Military

Hagel wants review of military transgender ban

Hagel wants review of military transgender ban

The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military “continually should be reviewed,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said “every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and […]

A drop in active duty military suicides, but…

A drop in active duty military suicides, but…

Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives. The overall totals provided by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps give some hope that prevention programs and increased […]

Soldiers sue over health damage from waste disposal

Soldiers sue over health damage from waste disposal

A federal appeals court on Thursday revived dozens of lawsuits by soldiers and others who claim they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The lawsuits claim Houston-based contractors KBR and Halliburton Co. exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper […]

Sexual assaults in military bring only light punishments

Sexual assaults in military bring only light punishments

At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America’s largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from […]

A sordid history of U.S. military sex crimes in Japan

A sordid history of U.S. military sex crimes in Japan

Hundreds of records detailing sex-crime investigations involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan show most offenders were not incarcerated, suspects received light punishments after being accused of serious violations, and victims increasingly were wary of cooperating with investigators. According to the Department of Defense documents: NAVY USE OF NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT ON RISE Data from the […]

Defense official ran private spy operation in Afghanistan, Pakistan

A Defense Department official is under investigation for hiring private contractors to gather intelligence on suspected insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The New York Times reported Sunday. That information was then supplied to military units and intelligence officials, the Times said, citing anonymous military and business sources in the United States and Afghanistan. The scheme […]