U.S. Military Academy cadet cadre members listen to remarks at Shea Stadium in West Point, N.Y., June 18, 2021.

U.S. Military Academy cadet cadre members listen to remarks at Shea Stadium in West Point, N.Y., June 18, 2021. U.S. Army / Jorge Garcia

The Army Brief: Cadets with babies; Moving season challenges; drone world record; and more

Welcome to The Army Brief, a weekly look at the news and ideas shaping the service’s future. 

Helping pregnant academy students. Two senators introduced a bill to end a policy that forces pregnant students at the military academies to choose between keeping their baby and continuing their studies, Defense One reports. The change would bring the schools in line with similar policies concerning how the services handle deployments of single parents.

Tough PCS season. The Army is seeing an unprecedented moving season as soldiers face shortages in housing and movers, Defense One reports. Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington is facing the most challenges, Army officials said, in part because of the large military community in the region competing for the same resources.

War College commandant reinstated. Maj. Gen. Stephen Maranian returned to his job following an investigation that could not establish probable cause that he had inappropriately touched a civilian employee, Army Times reports

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From Defense One

First Wave of Afghan Interpreters Head to Fort Lee // Tara Copp and Jacqueline Feldscher: Arriving families will stay for the moment in barracks or other housing; the State Department will pick up their food and medical costs.

Bird-Mimicking Electric Drone Hits New Endurance Record // Patrick Tucker: As the military grapples with connecting more things over longer distances, recent flight reveals a way forward.

‘Not One Time’: Milley Says Joint Chiefs Did Not Violate Oath in Handling Trump // Tara Copp: Chairman doesn’t deny that he and other chiefs mulled resigning if given an illegal order.

Exclusive Interview: Lockheed’s CEO Wants His Company to Connect All the Pentagon’s Weapons // Marcus Weisgerber: Jim Taiclet has been forming alliances with commercial firms in an attempt to give Lockheed a leg up over its competitors.