Personnel

‘Black Hawk Down’ Veterans to Receive 58 Silver Stars

The Army just upgraded combat medals given to 60 special operators of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, right as Pentagon officials decide whether to return to Somalia.

Lawmaker Wants to Grill Officers on Critical Race Theory Before Approving Promotions

It’s the latest step Sen. Tom Cotton has proposed to stop “culture wars” within the military.

White House, Pentagon Finalizing Plans to Get Thousands of Interpreters out of Afghanistan

No decision yet on where and how Afghans and their families will be housed and fed as they await U.S. visas.

US Troops on Base Less Likely to Seek Extremist Content Than Americans in General, Study Finds

Service branches differ in their engagement with anti-Black extremism or anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, internet research firm says in upcoming report.

Austin, Milley Push Back on Lawmakers’ ‘Critical Race Theory’ Accusations

Republicans ask why West Point cadets learn about ‘White Rage,’ in pointed exchanges with nation’s first Black defense secretary.

The Marine Corps Is Redesigning Infantry Battalions for the Future

Recommendations for a nimbler unit organization with fewer grunts and more tech will go to the commandant next year.

Austin: I Support Taking Military Sex Crime Prosecutions Away From Chain of Command

Defense secretary breaks with Joint Chiefs after they warn that Sen. Gillibrand’s leading UCMJ reform bill goes too far.

Hundreds of Troops Complain About ‘Woke’ Racism, Extremism Training, Cotton Claims

Senator confronts Austin, releases list of purported examples of Black Lives Matter advocacy, anti-white male bias, and diversity efforts.

To US Army, Getting Women’s Body Armor Quickly Is an Unfunded Priority

Lawmakers question why the service left $81 million to “accelerate” gear for women and short men out of its latest budget request.

I Felt More Welcome in Combat Than I Did on Base

A poor command climate can make women feel unsupported and alone.

Army Generals Are Not Prepared for the Future

Service leaders love to tout innovation, but can they make the changes necessary to succeed?

With Half Its Troops Unvaccinated, Pentagon Aims to Persuade Skeptics

Instead of a “personal health choice,” leaders now call shots a “critical part” of fighting the pandemic.