Military http://tpr.org en The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women http://tpr.org/post/marines-are-looking-few-good-combat-ready-women The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.<p>And here's where things stand in the Marines.<p>Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=239534349" target="_blank">infantry training course</a> last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 34602 at http://tpr.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day http://tpr.org/post/asleep-dress-blues-music-memorial-day <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSMCgqlc-0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnlgRQdfONs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21PsFsL_Gw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJb1_EGnapY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtI</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 18:55:59 +0000 Tom Huizenga 32295 at http://tpr.org Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service http://tpr.org/post/uniform-rule-may-keep-religious-americans-military-service Monday, 105 lawmakers from both parties sent <a href="http://crowley.house.gov/sites/crowley.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20Secretary%20Hagel%20re%20Sikh%20American%20Service%2003-10-2014.pdf" target="_blank">a letter</a> to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, urging him to change a relatively obscure uniform requirement for the U.S. armed forces that some argue infringes on religious beliefs.<p>People who observe religions that require specific hair or dress traditions have to seek an accommodation from a superior to break the Defense Department's uniform requirements.<p>Dr. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:55:00 +0000 NPR Staff 28368 at http://tpr.org Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service Independent Commission Says No Medical Reason To Prohibit Transgender Soldiers http://tpr.org/post/independent-commission-says-no-medical-reason-prohibit-transgender-soldiers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.palmcenter.org/files/Transgender%20Military%20Service%20Report.pdf" target="_blank">new report </a>c0-authored by a former U.S. Surgeon General calls into question the decades-old ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The study, released Thursday, says that there is no compelling medical reason for the U.S. military to prohibit transgender people from serving in the military.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:15:28 +0000 Eileen Pace 28240 at http://tpr.org Independent Commission Says No Medical Reason To Prohibit Transgender Soldiers Fort Sam Gunman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Army Captain http://tpr.org/post/fort-sam-gunman-pleads-guilty-shooting-army-captain <div>A retired army sergeant is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for shooting an Army captain at Fort Sam Houston.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">52-year-old Alvin </span>Roundtree<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pled guilty in federal court Wednesday on one count of assaulting an officer or employee of the United States with a deadly weapon. He admitted to shooting his live-in girlfriend multiple times after she told him she was leaving him.&nbsp;</span><br /> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:01:55 +0000 Eileen Pace 28162 at http://tpr.org Fort Sam Gunman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Army Captain The Source: Defense Budget Cuts http://tpr.org/post/source-defense-budget-cuts <p>Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, outlined his vision for the future of the Defense Department Monday in a <a href="http://www.defense.gov/Speeches/Speech.aspx?SpeechID=1831">speech </a>to the press. A very different military is coming down the line. A different world requiring different objectives, and a different set of budget realities, have led to the proposal.</p><p>Cuts to troops, vehicles, and benefits for soldiers are all part of the outlined packaged. Several media outlets have talked about pre-1940 levels, but is there any truth to it?</p><p></p><p>Guests:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:56:01 +0000 Paul Flahive 27422 at http://tpr.org The Source: Defense Budget Cuts Courage Under Fire In "Lone Survivor" http://tpr.org/post/courage-under-fire-lone-survivor <p>I’m guessing that anyone that goes to see a movie named “Lone Survivor” will assume from the title of the film that only one man comes out alive, right? And that when the producer of the film, Mark Wahlberg, is also the star, that he’ll be the said survivor, yes? Wahlberg plays Houston-born Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who with three fellow SEALs was ambushed by Taliban forces during a special operation on a remote Afghani mountain in 2005.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:39:04 +0000 Nathan Cone 24870 at http://tpr.org Courage Under Fire In "Lone Survivor" Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders http://tpr.org/post/army-takes-its-own-toxic-leaders Top commanders in the U.S. Army have announced publicly that they have a problem: They have too many "toxic leaders" — the kind of bosses who make their employees miserable. Many corporations share a similar problem, but in the Army's case, destructive leadership can potentially have life or death consequences. So, some Army researchers are wondering if toxic officers have contributed to soldiers' mental health problems.<p>One of those researchers is Dave Matsuda. In 2010, then-Brig. Gen. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Daniel Zwerdling 24650 at http://tpr.org Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine http://tpr.org/post/honorable-last-wish-dying-marine Hal Faulkner is 79 years old and he's already lived months longer than his doctors predicted.<p>"I don't know what to say, it's just incredible that I'm still here," Faulkner says in a halting voice made gruff by age and cancer.<p>Faulkner joined the Marines in 1953, and served in the Philippines. In 1956, he got kicked out with an "undesirable discharge" for being gay. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 24603 at http://tpr.org An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard http://tpr.org/post/marines-most-female-recruits-dont-meet-new-pullup-standard Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off.<p>The Marine Corps announced it quietly. There was no news conference — just a notice on <a href="https://twitter.com/USMC/status/403311957136007169">its social media sites</a> and an item on its own TV show, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHprAKI4NlI&list=PLcK9mGOZrMLmk_jc8ItuD9yA4nMdhsMDG">The Corps Report</a>.<p>Lance Cpl. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 24181 at http://tpr.org Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard