‘FITBITs’ and GPS Running Watches Targeted by New ARMY Memo

On 3 August 2018, the Deputy Secretary of Defense authored a Memorandum which may outlaw most fitness devices, tablets, applications, and other software used by deployed Soldiers.  The Memorandum targets devices, software, and applications that track location data and/or other personal information. The Memo reads “effective immediately, DoD personnel are prohibited from using geolocation features … Continued

Space Force Details Announced

Vice President Mike Pence recently announced details of the Trump Administration’s plan for a sixth branch of the U.S. military, the Space Force.  Vice President Pence stated that the White House is aiming to have the Space Force operational by the year 2020 and will request $8 billion dollars over the next five years to … Continued

Naturalization Through Service

Impact of Recent Changes in American Immigration Policy Recently, Military.com ran an Associated Press story about the Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits. I found this story particularly troubling both because immigration is a hot-button political issue impacting families all over this country and the idea of a pathway to citizenship for those who demonstrate their … Continued

Pentagon Sheds Light on Sexual Abuse of Military Kids

During field training in North Carolina, Cpl. A. Masa quickly became friends with one of his fellow Marines. But little did his friend know, he was sexually abusing his friend’s 3-year-old stepdaughter. Masa also decided to take sexually explicit photos of the little girl and his friend’s infant baby girl. A year after the scandal … Continued

Soldier Held by Taliban Faces Court-Martial

Sgt. B. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Now, his attorney says that his case was referred for trial by a general court-martial. According to Attorney E. Fidell, the convening authority decided not to follow the advice of the preliminary hearing officer, who recommended that his client’s case be … Continued

Should Veterans on Death Row Get Special Treatment

In 2009, wounded war veteran J. Davis received a Purple Heart, four decades after fighting in Vietnam. After receiving his medal, it was removed, his shackles were replaced, and he was taken back to his cell on death row. The fateful day took place in Asheville, North Carolina back in 1995. After having been fired … Continued

Sailor to be Tried for Attempted Murder of Fellow Sailor

NORFOLK, Va. – A sailor who was being treated for mental health issues and accused of stabbing another sailor at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in 2014 will now be tried for attempted murder in military court, the Navy announced on Sep. 28, 2015. Petty Officer 3rd Class W. Harwell allegedly attacked Petty Officer 2nd Class … Continued

Ethnic Slur Causes Air Force General’s Resignation

An offensive comment last month ended up derailing an Air Force general’s career. Maj. Gen. M. Keltz said four words that weren’t taken lightly: “Drunker than 10,000 Indians.” On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Air Education and Training Command confirmed the ethnic slur, which was first reported in a blog written by a former U.S. Air … Continued