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Army kicking out Green Beret Who Reported Rape PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident. 

The case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision. 

"I am once again dismayed by the Army's actions in this case," Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in a letter to Carter. 

Martland is described by many of his teammates as the finest soldier they have ever served alongside.
 
2 Graduating Rangers, Aware of Their Burden PDF Print E-mail
First Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache attack helicopter pilot who on Friday will be one of the first women to graduate from the Army’s elite Ranger School, wants to remain an aviator. But she takes away weighty lessons from her grueling Ranger training: “Your mind can take a whole lot more than your body,” she said.

“I think I would be crazy to say” that the thought of quitting never occurred, she said on Thursday in her first public appearance since completing the exhausting nine-week course of little sleep and constant hiking with backpacks, water, weapons and other gear that weighed more than 100 pounds. But, Lieutenant Haver said, “the ability to look around to my peers and see that they were sucking just as bad as I was kept me going.”
 
In mountains, women take step closer to earning Ranger tab PDF Print E-mail
CLEVELAND, Ga. -- The woman stood at the front of the formation Tuesday morning, toting a 50-pound rucksack and holding an M4 rifle.

In front of her was Mount Yonah. Behind her were about 50 soldiers of Charlie Company. The mission was to march up a trail 1.8 miles long and more than 1,000 feet in elevation.

About 45 minutes later, the soldiers, breathing heavily and sweating under their loads, emerged from the woods, found a road and finished the march.

Still near the front of that line was the same female soldier.

She is one of three women -- all West Point graduates -- trying to become the first females to earn the U.S. Army Ranger tab. They have moved to the Ranger School mountain phase, arguably the most difficult piece of the most difficult training the Army offers.
 
Defense Department authorizes arms for military recruiters PDF Print E-mail
A new report says the U.S. military is authorizing service members who are at remote locations – such as a recruitment center – to be armed, even if they’re not in law enforcement.

In fact, a military spokesman said commanders already had the authority to “arm qualified troops at recruiting and other off-base sites.”

Whether that’s a clarification of existing authority or an expansion, the protocol certainly now is being emphasized that the U.S. military needs to be aware of “the continuing threat to DoD personnel in the U.S. homeland posed by Homegrown Violent Extremists.”

According to a report at The Hill, Defense Secretary Ash Carter has signed a new memo specifying that qualified troops can be armed, on orders from their commanders, at locations such as the off-base reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that was attacked by a lone gunman.

 
Iran nuclear deal makes US-Israeli defense cooperation more vital PDF Print E-mail
Despite the deep and genuine divisions over the Vienna agreement on Iran's nuclear program, a paradox continues to define relations between the US and Israel. While diplomatic relations between the allies are at an all-time low, bilateral defense cooperation has reached an all-time high.

This means that there is no reason to let the perpetual crisis that defines relations between US President Barack Obama's administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government get in the way of tightening defense cooperation even further, which would only benefit both countries, and curb the destructive Iranian weapons trafficking to the Islamic Republic's clients and partners.

The US-led agreement with Iran over its nuclear program is, in the long-run, deeply harmful to Israeli strategic standing and national security.
 
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