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January 7, 2005 | Mark Mazzetti, Times Staff Writer
The Army is likely to make a temporary 30,000 increase in troop numbers permanent as it struggles to ease the burden on forces strained by the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Army general said Thursday. The general, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the boost in the Army's ranks had become necessary for the military to meet its growing overseas commitments. A year ago, Defense Secretary Donald H.
February 15, 2002 | PHILLIP CARTER, Phillip Carter, who attends UCLA Law School, was a captain in the Army's military police from 1997 to 2001.
When I was a military police platoon leader, I wanted to buy spare tires for all seven of my platoon's Humvees. Spare tires made them more effective in combat exercises because troops could change a tire after running over a rock or barbed wire rather than wait for a maintenance vehicle to come forward with a new tire. But a Humvee tire cost $623, and there was no money in my unit's budget for spares.
March 29, 2010
Thanks to rule changes issued Thursday by the Pentagon, it will be a little harder to discharge gays from the military because of their sexual orientation. But the misguided "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains, and probably will until the end of the year -- or far longer if some conservative former generals get their way. Defenders of the Clinton-era policy, which is undergoing a Pentagon review that isn't expected to be completed until December, have uncorked arguments that range from laughable to lucid (but still wrong)
At military bases across the country, troops mobilized for America's new war are saying goodbye to spouses and sweethearts with lingering embraces and teary kisses. Unless they're gay. Homosexuals reporting for possible combat are bound by the "don't ask, don't tell" mandate to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. "There are moments that bring this policy into sharper focus.
December 21, 2003
How ironic that the 10th anniversary of the military's dreadful "don't ask, don't tell" policy fell just months after the U.S. Supreme Court forcefully overturned state laws criminalizing consensual sex between homosexuals. A majority of the high court recognizes what pollsters find, that "straight" Americans have grown more tolerant toward homosexuality. But not the military brass.
June 24, 1998 | M. THOMAS DAVIS, M. Thomas Davis is a retired Army colonel
In the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally," Billy Crystal proclaims, "Men and women can never be friends, the sex thing always gets in the way." Nowhere is this more on display than in efforts to integrate men and women into the military.
June 4, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
Military investigators have concluded that some airstrikes that killed civilians during a battle in western Afghanistan last month were mistakes, but are still trying to determine whether the service members who called in the strikes could have known they were no longer in imminent danger when the bombs were dropped. The investigation questioned the last two airstrikes conducted during the 8 1/2 -hour battle, according to a military official familiar with the inquiry.
A federal judge Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Ruling in the case of six homosexual service members, U.S. District Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of Brooklyn held that the controversial policy violated their rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.
July 23, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
As the Obama administration moves to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, the Pentagon is still grappling with major questions about how it will integrate them into the ranks. President Obama notified Congress on Friday that the ban would be abolished on Sept. 20 and said that it could be done without harming the military's readiness. Congress required the certification when it voted in December to repeal the 17-year-old policy that requires discharging openly gay and lesbian service members.
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