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Sgt. 1st Class Frank Inman and Sgt. Rachel Badgeley, holding their newborn baby Cannon Inman, prepare to leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 1, 2016. (Rachel Badgeley/U.S. Army)
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Longer Air Force maternity leave policy takes effect

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February 11, 2016
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force has implemented the new Pentagon policy giving servicemembers 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (U.S. Army)
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Bergdahl court-martial halted as dispute over classified info continues

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February 11, 2016
WASHINGTON — General court-martial proceedings in the case of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been indefinitely halted by an appeals court over a disagreement in the...
A Defense Department illustration depicts the hazards of suicidal thoughts, as it aims to boost awareness of mental health prevention programs available to servicemembers. (Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force)
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DOD: Among services, Army had highest suicide rate in 2014

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February 10, 2016
The military saw a slight increase in active-duty suicides in 2014, while the suicide rate among National Guard and reserve members saw a significant decrease from the previous...

Guam ban on smoking in bars to become law in 2017

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February 10, 2016
Smoking in bars will be prohibited in Guam next year under a measure that expands provisions to the island's anti-smoking law.
A servicemember pays for merchandise at the Exchange at Fort Belvoir, Va. The Defense Department is proposing a 1.6 percent pay raise for servicemembers in 2017, a slight increase over this year's 1.3-percent hike. (Antwan Williams/Defense Department)
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Troops say proposed 1.6 percent raise may be small, but it helps

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February 11, 2016
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The Defense Department is proposing a 1.6 percent pay raise for servicemembers in 2017, a slight increase over this year’s 1.3 percent hike.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks to sailors on Feb. 3, 2016, during visit to San Diego. The Pentagon chief on Tuesday, Feb. 9, submitted a proposed $583 billion Defense Department budget for 2017 that focuses more on high-tech future conflicts. (Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy)
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$583 billion DOD budget proposal built around potential ‘full spectrum’ threats

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February 10, 2016
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Tuesday submitted a proposed $583 billion Defense Department budget for 2017 that focuses more on high-tech future conflicts and...