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  Army Pfc. Kevin Nixon, left, a Fort Bragg solider, watches as tattoo artist Brad Armstrong shades in a tattoo of a cross on Nixon's shoulder on Oct. 11, 2013, at Ink Well in Fayetteville, N.C.   Jill Knight, Raleigh News & Observer/MCT

Army revamps appearance regulations after controversy

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September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Army on Tuesday loosened some rules on tattoos, decorative body mutilation and women’s hairstyles in an update to the regulation governing appearance and uniform wear.

The Army in March issued a heavily updated Army...

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  A South Korean soldier stands watch at an observation post near the Han River north of Seoul on April 17, 2013. The northern approaches of the Han River are heavily fortified to prevent infiltration from North Korea.  Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes

South Korea arrests American who they say was trying to swim to North

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September 17, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they think was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.

The man was apprehended Tuesday night...

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Jet packs for US soldiers? Yes, it could happen

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September 17, 2014

The U.S. military hasn't been shy about its desire to use technology to develop a new generation of super soldiers. But here's one effort that is sure to raise eyebrows: jet packs to make combat troops faster on foot.
 
The equipment is...

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Newly commissioned Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright delivers remarks during a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Aug. 4, 2014.  Daniel Hinton/U.S. Navy

It's a matter of benefits vs. readiness, DOD official tells spouses, civilians

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September 16, 2014

VICENZA, Italy — An already tough fiscal environment prompting proposed benefit cuts would get far worse if Congress does not repeal another round of sequestration in 2016, a top U.S. Defense Department official warned military spouses and...

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