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Army needs soldiers to get amped up for Prime Power

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Army needs soldiers to get amped up for Prime Power

Some know how to replace a light switch. They're electricians. Others know how to wire up an entire basecamp. Those are 12P "Prime Power production specialists," and the Army needs more of them in the training pipeline. Soldiers trained in the Prime Power production specialty deploy, install, operate and maintain power

Tributes to the fallen come home from Iraq

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Tributes to the fallen come home from Iraq

In some places on Camp Victory in Iraq, there are so many concrete T-walls lining the streets that, combined with the general bleakness of the place, the dust in the air and the eerie dusk-like light it casts on everything, it'd be the perfect setting for a

Educational opportunities increase for officers

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Educational opportunities increase for officers

  WASHINGTON - Two changes made to a set of programs will make participation easier for officers wanting to expand their military careers with opportunities such as fellowships and scholarships. Under the officer "Broadening Opportunity Program," or BOP, officers can apply to all programs they qualify for, instead

Reserve website offers 600,000 jobs to veterans

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Reserve website offers 600,000 jobs to veterans

The large number of veterans coming out of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are a good resource for American businesses looking for great employees, said an Army Reserve general. About 20 million veterans now reside in the United States, said Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood, chief

Upgrade kits for M4 coming

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Upgrade kits for M4 coming

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) - The Army expects to field the new sniper rifle, the XM2010, by January. And conversion kits for the M4 rifle will come next year. A panel of program managers from Program Executive Office Soldier met Oct. 14 at the Pentagon to discuss the status of several

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Carrying wounded by drone

Although a fully-equipped medical evacuation aircraft with a trained crew and pilot will likely always be the best option to get a wounded soldier off the battlefield, the Army is looking at unmanned aerial systems as a possible "plan B" for when that ideal isn't possible. "There's really a lot of

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Modular Handgun to begin fielding before Christmas

Come November, the XM17 handgun, also called the "Modular Handgun System," or MHS, will drop the "X," which designates it as "experimental" and will instead be called the M17. At that time, the Army is expected to reach a conditional material release for the MHS, and will issue some 2,000 of

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Army to field night vision paired with weapons

In the next 18 months or so, the Army expects to field two new systems to dismounted soldiers that will allow for more rapid acquisition of targets, even those hidden by darkness, smoke or fog. First out of the gate will be the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III, expected to be

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Auto-targeting technology to reduce "aim error"

Soldiers may now pride themselves on being a good shot, on scoring high in marksmanship, but one day that may not be as important as it is now. Earlier this month, during "Lab Day" at the Pentagon, Terence Rice, a researcher with the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center out of

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Future warfare requires 'disciplined disobedience'

Following every order to the letter is largely understood to be a way of life in the Army. But that may not always be the best course of action. In fact, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley said he expects soldiers to know when it's time

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No bullets necessary

A Stryker combat vehicle equipped with a 5kW laser and an array of sensors spent several minutes scanning the horizon for a wayward "enemy" drone. On a television screen in a nearby tent off Thompson Hill - a range used during the 10-day Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma

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Changing family requires more flexible support

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) - Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes the Army needs to change how it provides support to soldiers and their families. Speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., Thursday, before representatives and members of the Blue Star Families, an organization founded in 2009 that performs

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Historic first for career troops

WASHINGTON - There's a lot of untapped talent in the Army, especially among soldiers who serve in the reserve components, but that's going to change, according to the Army's senior personnel officer. Most citizen soldiers put on their uniforms at least two days a month, but they still spend most of

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Army ranking programs for modernization

WASHINGTON - This year, as part of a Strategic Portfolio Analysis and Review, or SPAR, the Army will "rank order" all 780 or so of its equipment programs - from helicopters to boots to rifles - in terms of their impact on warfighting. The results of that analysis will be made

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New directive for Army officer promotions

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) - A change to Army regulations now requires that the Army determine the suitability of each officer considered for promotion before that officer's name ever crosses the desk of the Army secretary. While the Army has always investigated officers to ensure they are suitable for promotion, in

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