Military

US Army Bans Green Card Holders From Enlisting

Mic reports: Army recruiters have been told to stop enlisting green card holders into the Army effective immediately, according to an email sent to military recruiters and obtained by Mic, a move that experts say breaks federal law. “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY DO NOT ‘SHIP’ OR ‘ENLIST’ ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL’S (ALL I-551 CARD HOLDERS) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,” reads an email sent to ...

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REPORT: North Korean Hackers Steal US War Plans

The BBC reports: Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South ...

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Trump Proposes Massive Military Parade

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump now wants to hold military parades in the United States — because he saw the French doing it. Trump on Monday said the Bastille Day military parades in France have inspired him to consider a similar extravaganza in Washington, D.C. for Independence Day. “It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever ...

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Pentagon: Transgender Troops Can Re-Enlist (For Now)

The Associated Press reports: New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President Donald Trump. In a memo to top military leaders, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said ...

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ACLU Asks Court To Immediately Halt Trans Troop Ban

From the ACLU’s blog: Today we are filing a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the court to put an immediate stop to the President’s ban to ensure that the harms to our clients and the thousands of other transgender individuals serving our country are rectified immediately. Individuals like our client Staff Sgt. Kate Cole should not have to worry ...

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Trump On Attacking North Korea: “We’ll See”

The Hill reports: President Trump said “we’ll see” on Sunday when asked whether the U.S. will attack North Korea. Trump’s comment follows the news that Pyongyang successfully tested a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit on a missile. The president responded to North Korea’s announcement on Twitter earlier on Sunday. North Korea has advanced its aggressive military behavior in recent ...

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US Air Force Conducts Bombing Drills With South Korea

The Associated Press reports: The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might ...

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James Mattis Pushes Back On Trump’s “No More Talking” Tweet: We Are Never Out Of Diplomatic Solutions

Reuters reports: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the United States was not out of diplomatic solutions with North Korea, just hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer.” When asked by reporters before a meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon if the United States was out of diplomatic solutions ...

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US Navy Claims Success With Missile Interception Test

The Diplomat reports: Days after North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and landed in the northern Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Navy successfully conducted a complex missile defense test this week at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off Kauai, Hawaii, according to a Raytheon company statement. The Standard Missile-6, one of the ...

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BREAKING: Mattis Freezes Transgender Policy, Allows Troops To Continue Serving Pending Pentagon Study

USA Today reports: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis late Tuesday announced that transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study by experts. The announcement follows an order from President Trump — first announced in a tweet — declaring that transgender service members can no longer serve in the military, effectively reversing an ...

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Transgender Soldiers Appear At MTV Awards [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports: MTV is sending a message to Donald Trump. Two days after President Trump signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, the network invited a group of transgender military men and women to the Video Music Awards. Airman Sterling James Crutcher, Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland, Army Capt. Jennifer ...

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FRIDAY DOCUMENT DUMP: Trump Signs Transgender Ban As Hurricane Coverage Dominates All Networks

CNN reports: President Donald Trump on Friday directed the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces, following through on his intentions announced a month earlier to ban transgender people from serving. The presidential memorandum also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to ...

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Pentagon May Allow Some Now Serving Trans Troops To Keep Their Jobs, White House Guidance To Come Soon

The Associated Press reports: The Pentagon expects to renew a ban on transgender individuals joining the military and to consider circumstances in which some currently serving transgender troops could remain in uniform, officials said Friday. The new approach would be based on formal guidance the Pentagon is expecting to receive soon from the White House. The guidance, as described by ...

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White House Sets Rules For Transgender Military Ban

The Wall Street Journal reports: The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, issuing a policy that will allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider a service member’s ability to deploy in deciding whether to kick them out of the ...

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US Navy Fires Fleet Commander After Second Deadly Warship Collision In Last Three Months [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific. A two-sentence statement said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, had relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to ...

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US Navy Orders Global “Operational Pause” After Fourth Collision In 2017 Leaves Ten Sailors Missing [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The Navy’s top admiral ordered the entire fleet Monday to take a one-day “operational pause” to make sure they are running their ships safely a day after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore. Admiral John Richardson gave the order as a search was underway for 10 American sailors assigned to the ...

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Defense Secretary James Mattis Congratulates Sailors For Not Being “Pussies Sitting On The Sidelines”

The Washington Post reports: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with sailors serving on the submarine USS Kentucky last week in his home state of Washington, praising them for their sacrifices and expressing concern that he has “grown remote from those of you who matter.” Then he noted the up-and-down nature of military life, told the sailors that they’ll miss being ...

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Newly-Confirmed US Navy Secretary Supports Trans Troops: Any Qualified Patriot Should Be Able To Serve

The Hill reports: The recently confirmed secretary of the Navy says he will follow any order the president gives on transgender troops, but that “any patriot” should be allowed to serve. “We will process and take direction of a policy that is developed by the [Defense] secretary [with] direction from the president and march out smartly,” Navy Secretary Richard V. ...

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Trump Claims Great Support From Trans Voters And He’s Doing The Military A Great Favor By Banning Them

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: President Trump said Thursday he’s “doing the military a great favor” by seeking to ban on transgender people from the armed forces, insisting he has “great support” from the LGBT community. Asked by a reporter whether the transgender military ban, which Trump announced on Twitter last month, signified a betrayal of his promise ...

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LIVE VIDEO: State Department Briefing On North Korea

USA Today reports: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will hold a briefing Wednesday on the heels of tense exchanges between the U.S. and North Korea. A day earlier, President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” in response to reports of a new milestone in the country’s nuclear quest. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korea’s military ...

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