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July 20, 2008 |
The basic rule for Marine boot camp is simple: Keep your mouth shut and mind your own business. But it's different when the subject is suicide. Drill instructors encourage recruits to share their feelings in "guided discussions" and tell them to watch out for, and promptly report, warning signs in their buddies. The suicide rate in the active-duty Marine Corps was 16.5 per 100,000 in 2007 -- below both the active-duty Army and a similar demographic in the civilian population.
June 19, 2008 |
There were two good reasons why Army Capt. Dave Panian made a perilous journey across the desert to this dusty provincial capital. He wanted to check on his close friend, a district police chief whose family had been threatened by the Taliban. He also wanted to pry loose salaries for the chief's police officers, who were owed two months' pay. Panian, a lanky officer from San Diego, heads a small U.S.
June 8, 2008 |
The U.S. military's top uniformed officer on Saturday urged the armed forces to rebuild combat capabilities that have atrophied during the protracted counter-insurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The focus by Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on major-combat skills contrasts with recent speeches by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.
June 7, 2008 |
Venezuelan fighter jets and ships fired live missiles during exercises intended to demonstrate the firepower of President Hugo Chavez's military. Smoke rose from ships off the military base on La Orchila island as Otomat MK2 missiles arced into the sky and Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets flew in formation. Defense Minister Gustavo Rangel Briceno commanded the troops during the exercises. It was the first time in 13 years that such drills were held with live missile fire at sea, he said.
April 27, 2008 |
One in a series of articles about three teenagers and their wartime enlistment in the Marines. -- In the nine months after he graduated from high school, Lance Cpl. Daryl Crookston was trained to close and kill. The proper pursuit of the enemy was pounded into him during boot camp and combat drills. Last month, as his unit prepared to ship out to Afghanistan, some Marines in Crookston's platoon didn't think he was capable of killing a man. He's deeply religious. He had chosen to stop cursing and drinking -- and that, in the Marines' testosterone-stoked world, suggested weakness.
April 3, 2008 |
The Iraqi colonel's phone rang shortly before the bloodshed began. Shiite militiamen were planning to overrun forces under his command, the callers warned, and his children would be killed if his soldiers fought back. Within hours on the afternoon of March 25, militiamen with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns crossed footpaths spanning a sewage-choked canal that separates a militia stronghold in northwest Baghdad from a neighboring district where Col. Falih Hussein was in charge.
March 5, 2008 |
Two top U.S. military commanders said Tuesday that Iran continues to train and direct violent Shiite militias in Iraq and is attempting to permanently weaken the Iraqi government. Iran has become the biggest long-term threat to Iraqi stability and is encouraging radical elements among the Shiite population to continue attacks even as some prominent militia leaders push for cease-fires, said Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T.
February 13, 2008 |
The U.S. military has lost focus on its nuclear-weapons mission and has suffered a sharp decline in nuclear expertise, factors that may have contributed to a mishap last year in which a B-52 bomber unknowingly carried six nuclear warheads across the country, according to two new independent reviews. Both studies found that levels of nuclear training and alertness at the Air Force slipped after the end of the Cold War.
February 3, 2008 |
Think you can perform like a Navy SEAL? Think again. If you tend to call your La-Z-Boy home, watch your back. The Navy SEALs are dropping anchor at UCLA on Feb. 9 and 10 to test your mettle with their fitness challenge. Your mission? Virtually the same physical screening test for SEAL hopefuls: a 500-yard swim, then push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and a 10-mile run. We got the skinny from Navy SEALs Ed Rohrbach and David Goggins. -- How did the Navy SEAL fitness Challenge come to be?
January 18, 2008 |
Seven years and $4.35 billion since the advent of a massive U.S. aid program, the Colombian military has been transformed from an outmatched "garrison force" that had yielded huge swaths of terrain to leftist guerrillas, to an aggressive force that has won back territory. The transformation, however, has had a dark side. Soldiers and police officers have committed rising numbers of human rights abuses, even as U.S. training intensifies, rights groups charge.