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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller listens to comments during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

Military Update: Pledges, doubts shared over women in ground combat jobs

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February 06, 2016
Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill...
Lance Cpl. Katelyn M. Hunter conducts pullups during an initial assessment at Camp Foster on Dec. 12. Hunter is a combat photographer with combat camera, G-3/5, operations and training, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (Kasey Peacock/Marine Corps photo)

Marines may alter rules to permit women to bulk up

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February 05, 2016
As the Pentagon grapples with how to integrate women into all jobs in combat, the Marine Corps is considering something new: Boosting how heavy it allows women to be so that they...
Female Marine recruits practice rear hand punches during training at Parris Island, S.C., in July 2011. (Javarre Glanton/U.S. Marine Corps)
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House bill requires women to sign up for draft

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February 05, 2016
WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday requiring eligible women in the United States to sign up for the military draft, just days after it was recommended...

Watts Constructors signs Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve

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February 05, 2016
Watts Constructors signed a Statement of Support (SOS) for the Guard and Reserve on January 19 at their Harmon Office on Guam.
The USS Lake Erie, front, an Aegis-class guided missle-cruiser homeported in Pearl Harbor and the USS Decatur, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missle destroyer homeported in San Diego and the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, a national security cutter homeported in Alameda, Calif., transit the Gulf of Alaska in 2011.  Charly Hengen/U.S. Navy photo
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Navy, Marines get new ships, missiles and jets in proposed Pentagon budget

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February 04, 2016
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Navy is poised to get more ships, jets and hundreds of modified ship-launched missiles in the Pentagon’s proposed budget for 2017.
 U.S. Marines with the 3rd Marines Regiment conduct a simulated beach raid and live-fire exercise during Amphibious Landing 2015 at Naval Education and Training Center, Philippines, on Oct. 9. A recent Philippine supreme court ruling grants the U.S. military access to five military airfields, two naval bases and a jungle training camp.    Robert Gonzales/U.S. Marine Corps
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US buildup in Philippines raises stakes in region

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February 04, 2016
A plan to put U.S. military forces on Palawan, a Philippine island near disputed territory in the South China Sea, could herald a new era of brinkmanship with China, defense...