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  Aviation ordnancemen prepare to set down a missile aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Aug. 10, 2014. Sailors and Marines on lengthy deployments began accruing a new allowance, known as Hardship Duty Pay-Tempo, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The allowance affects sailors and Marines aboard ships currently on deployment, including the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.  Stars and Stripes

New allowance aims to ease hardships sailors, Marines endure on long deployments

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September 19, 2014

Sailors and Marines on lengthy deployments began accruing a new allowance on Wednesday aimed at making long tours at sea more tolerable.
 
Known as Hardship Duty Pay-Tempo, the allowance applies to all active-duty and reserve troops on...

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Valiant Shield a lesson in inter-service communication and capability

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September 19, 2014

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Capt. Jarrod Dix likens the Marines and the Air Force working together to putting an Alabaman and a Scotsman together in the same room: They may speak the same language, but they have very different ideas of what...

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As many as 80,000 veterans with PTSD could gain discharge upgrades

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September 19, 2014

As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can use evidence of their PTSD to petition service boards to upgrade the bad paper discharge.

At stake for individuals is...

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With hands raised, 126 U.S. servicemembers rehearse prior to a mass re-enlistment ceremony at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2011.  U.S. Air Force

Air Force drops 'so help me God' requirement, will allow airman to re-enlist

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September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Air Force announced Wednesday it would drop a requirement for airmen to say “so help me God” in oaths, backtracking after an...

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