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Packing a more lethal punch

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Packing a more lethal punch

The Army plans to add even more firepower to its arsenal of medium tactical vehicles. The service has been working with the Navy to develop a 100-kilowatt laser weapon, known as a High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator, to provide air and missile defense to forward-operating locations and airfields, said Lt.

New 3D technology allows soldiers to train anywhere

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New 3D technology allows soldiers to train anywhere

Carrying only a backpack and a drone, soldiers could capture and eventually re-create entire sections of forests and steep mountains. They can map 3D data from the rough, dry wasteland of the Mohave Desert, the dense rainforests of Hawaii or the rocky, hilly landscape of woodlands. They can even replicate the

Academic credentialing for soldiers

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Academic credentialing for soldiers

The Army could add to its record retention numbers by providing more incentive for soldiers to stay on duty, the service's top enlisted leader said last Wednesday. The Army has been testing a pilot program for academic credentialing at Fort Hood, Texas, and plans to extend the program to several major

Army making improvements to Family Readiness Groups

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Army making improvements to Family Readiness Groups

The Army recently made some of the most significant changes to Family Readiness Groups since their creation following the first Gulf War. The groups have been re-named "Soldier and Family Readiness Groups" or SFRGs. This designation links soldier readiness to the family, and clarifies the role of the SFRG to be more

 Training from home

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Training from home

Soon Soldiers worldwide could have a wealth of training options at their home station or armory -- on a virtual platform. The Army recently conducted user assessments of its "One World Terrain" technology, a key component of the Synthetic Training Environment that will allow soldiers to train virtually in 3-D on

Not in My Squad initiative to tackle sexual assault

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Not in My Squad initiative to tackle sexual assault

The Army has recently expanded its Not in My Squad initiative as part of its ongoing fight against sexual assault, the Army's top enlisted leader told lawmakers Feb. 27. Introduced in 2015, the program empowers junior leaders at the squad level to reduce sexual assault and violence by building cohesive units

What is Futures Command?

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What is Futures Command?

In an empty office space on the 19th floor of a University of Texas System building in Austin, Texas, Aug. 24, the Army unveiled the location for the headquarters of its new Futures Command, which has the monumental task of modernizing the service's future force. For the first time, the Army

Food trucks to improve soldier dining experience

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Food trucks to improve soldier dining experience

The Army is phasing out its manual meal card system after decades of use, as the service fully transitions to its new automated meal entitlement code system next month. Now, instead of presenting a meal card, soldiers will simply swipe their common access card containing an authorization code for the dining

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