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January 25, 2009
Swett obituary: In Saturday's California section, the obituary for James E. Swett, a pilot who received the Medal of Honor during World War II, said he enlisted in the Navy after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted earlier that year.
March 27, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 23 - 29, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Last Man Standing Mandy (Molly Ephraim) decides she wants to quit school and use her college fund to launch her own clothing line. Of course, Mike (Tim Allen) doesn't like this idea. 8 p.m. ABC Rake A powerful agent (Peter Jacobson) accuses Mikki's (Bojana Novakovic)
September 23, 1988
Oh, those poor officers being demeaned by having someone watch them urinate. I suppose those enlisted folks deserve it because they aren't held "to a higher standard." Get serious, Col. Summers. I was an enlisted woman in the Navy for 4 1/2 years and I know better than to think officers won't smoke dope even if they aren't tested. I'm tired of hearing about the "honor of officers." Doesn't he think enlisted personnel ever get insulted when they constantly see one set of rules and living conditions for enlisted and another set for officers?
March 26, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, Los Angeles Times, This post has been updated as indicated below.
"Enlisted" Creator Kevin Biegel and Executive Producer Mike Royce decided in 2012 to create a TV workplace comedy about the military. The odds were not in their favor. Prime-time television, once home to madcap military adventures like Sgt. Bilko on "The Phil Silvers Show," "Gomer Pyle, USMC," "Hogan's Heroes" and "MASH," hadn't supported a military comedy in years. "It's basically a workplace that is very important to America and has disappeared from television," said Royce.
February 8, 1987
Concerning the plight of Marine Staff Sgt. Terry Mizell: The slick, stirring television commercials for the U.S. armed forces claim only that the service is a "great place to start ." Presumably, a married enlisted man is expected to exist at the poverty level--while, of course, maintaining the highest professional standards, as defined by his officers. HERB GUTHMANN Fullerton
February 8, 1987
Concerning the plight of Marine Staff Sgt. Terry Mizell ("Sergeant Borrows Trouble With Loan From Fellow Marine," Feb. 1): The slick, stirring television commercials for the U.S. armed forces claim only that the service is a "great place to start ." Presumably, a married enlisted man is expected to exist at the poverty level--while, of course, maintaining the highest professional standards, as defined by his officers. HERB GUTHMANN Fullerton
December 4, 1990
In response to "Marine in Growing Group of Enlisted Objectors," Part A, Nov. 27: Why would anyone claim to be a conscientious objector after enlisting in the Marine Corp for a six-year period? Don't conscientious objectors search their souls before they enlist and accept pay, benefits and training or do they accept military life and pray that they are never called to action? I'm proud of those who have gone, who are there now, and who may go in the future. Thanks to each and every one of you!
February 26, 1992
I agree with your article that sexual harassment in the Navy is a problem ("New Study Indicates Wide Sex Harassment in Navy," Feb. 10). This is a problem that must be dealt with as strongly as racism, especially with the new roles opening to women in the Armed Forces. However, as a junior enlisted man serving in the Navy, it has been my experience that sexual and other vulgar comments are common not only among the men but also the women of the enlisted ranks that are peers. They are generally used in a slightly teasing and friendly manner by both sexes and not meant as harassment.
March 12, 1988
I feel very fortunate that President Gerald Ford ended the draft before I was forced to make a decision as to whether or not to respond favorably to compulsory military conscription. I am certain that I would have rejected any effort by the U.S. government to force me into military service against my will. In 1976 I voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and after serving four years on active duty, I voluntarily enlisted in the California National Guard for two years. The key word here is "volunteer."
November 2, 1988 | DAVID FREED
The Navy branded Guiles L. Gadsby a deserter. Eleven years after Gadsby allegedly enlisted and then disappeared, they tracked him down, took him away from his family in Lancaster and locked him away, preparing to court-martial him. Gadsby, 39, insisted upon his arrest more than a year ago that it was all a mistake, a nightmare. He had served honorably in Vietnam--in the Army--he told them. He was never in the Navy, he explained. Navy officials apparently reached the same conclusion on Oct. 30, 1987, 38 days after Gadsby was arrested by military investigators and taken to the San Diego brig.
March 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
When asked for the story behind this week's posthumous release of Johnny Cash's "Out Among the Stars," a "lost" album recorded in the early '80s with fabled Nashville producer Billy Sherrill, his son, John Carter Cash, quickly reels off a laundry list of reasons. "It seemed to be a cohesive body of work," Cash, 44, said from the family's headquarters in Hendersonville, Tenn. A few years ago he came across the never-released recordings while organizing the bounty of archival materials left behind by his father and his mother, June Carter Cash, after their deaths in 2003.
March 20, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act. That's Obama's deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31...
March 17, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Federal authorities tried to get the son of a high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff's official to wear a wire in order to secretly record conversations with his father and then-Sheriff Lee Baca, according to the son's attorneys. This is the first indication that FBI agents tried to enlist deputies to record conversations with Baca as part of their ongoing investigation of inmate abuse and corruption inside the Sheriff's Department. Deputy James Sexton is one of seven current and former sheriff's officials who have been charged with obstructing the federal probe of the jails.
March 4, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said.
March 2, 2014 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Tidal erosion caused by a February 1970 winter storm ate away a bank of soil on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, revealing parts of five Native American longhouses. The longhouses near Lake Ozette had been buried suddenly by a mudslide sometime around 1560, preserving their contents in such remarkable condition that the site is often referred to as the American Pompeii. Archaeologist Richard Daugherty of Washington State University had previously conducted some minor excavations at the Ozette site, but the revelation of the longhouses provided an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about the culture of the Makah civilization.
February 4, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Navy said Tuesday that instructors responsible for training sailors to operate nuclear reactors that power submarines and aircraft carriers may have cheated on qualification tests, the latest in a series of ethical and criminal misconduct cases roiling the Pentagon. The Navy suspended 30 senior enlisted sailors serving as instructors at the Navy base in Charleston, S.C., after a sailor seeking to qualify as an instructor alerted his superiors that he had been offered answers to a written test on reactor operations, senior Navy officers said.
November 7, 2005
Re "Patriotic guilt," Opinion, Nov. 3 Oren Rawls' assertion that "a fair number of those in the military enlisted out of a lack of other options" strikes a negative chord. Those of us who wear the cloth of our country come from widely divergent backgrounds. While many enlistees do find the military an attractive option, it is seldom the only one available to them. We all joined because we chose to. I enlisted at the age of 18, largely to pay for college. I also yearned for an opportunity to be a part of something larger than myself.
May 29, 2008
Re "War-funding bill passes in the Senate," May 23 It is a relief to see that the majority of the Senate takes the long view on the issue of GI benefits. When President Bush and John McCain, the strongest proponents of sending our troops into hostile territory, attempt to low-ball the troops, it is morally reprehensible and tragically shortsighted. McCain argues that the approved deal would encourage enlisted men and women to go into retirement early at a time when their service is most sorely needed.
February 3, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - The sun shines brightly as a gentle breeze rustles palm trees along the shore. The forecast calls for a mostly clear sky with mild temperatures through the week. Welcome to the Winter Olympics. The 2014 Sochi Games will take place 1,000 miles south of Moscow, at a Black Sea resort that qualifies as one of only a few Russian cities with a subtropical climate. If that seems less than hibernal, the organizers insist they can stage a successful competition no matter what kind of weather there is over the next month.
January 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Although its website only tallies 99,961, Goodreads has announced Wednesday that membership in its verified author program has reached 100,000 . The website for readers, which was purchased by Amazon in 2013, verifies authors who have signed on to use the site. For an author who is just starting out, it's a way to make his presence known. Perennial bestsellers such as Jodi Picoult can take over the author pages that exist on the site, filling out biographical and bibliographic information.
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