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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Obesity and Other Problems Barring Teens from Military Service Need National Attention, Leaders Say

Military leaders are worried about the shrinking pool of young people who qualify for military service, with some calling on the acting defense secretary to take immediate action.

More than 70% of young Americans remain unable to join the military due to obesity, education problems, or crime and drug records. Turning that around should be an issue of national importance, said Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, the head of Navy Recruiting Command.


‘So your husband served?’ Women veterans say service often ‘overlooked’

MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WIAT) — Women are 16% of the United State Military, but are often “overlooked,” according Air Force Veteran Rashelle Young.

Young was a mother in her early 20s, fending for her 6-year-old son, while defending her country overseas.


The Army is planning a major overhaul of its hair and grooming regulations

Senior Army leaders are discussing making long-awaited changes to hair and grooming regulations and they plan to announce the finalized changes in January 2021, Task & Purpose has learned.

The changes being discussed among Army leadership include allowing some women to wear ponytails in uniform and removing wording from the existing regulations found to be offensive or racist in an effort to “reflect the Army values and the Army’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” according to slides obtained by Task & Purpose.


1st Female Green Beret Faces 'Minor Misdemeanor' Charge for Accidentally Firing Gun, Police Say

Five months after becoming the first female Green Beret, a National Guard soldier is facing a civilian misdemeanor charge for accidentally firing a pistol inside a Colorado apartment.

In July, the soldier, whose identity has been kept secret, graduated from the grueling, 53-week Special Forces Qualification Course (Q Course) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, becoming the first woman to earn the Special Forces tab and coveted Green Beret.


Family searches for answers after first responders find Army Drill Sgt. shot dead in car

During the early morning hours of New Year's Day, first responders went to what they thought was a car crash along I-10 near West Avenue, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

Instead, a team of firefighters discovered a shooting victim.

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The DoD's Body Composition Standards Are Harming Female Service Members


Major Sharon Sisbarro is a Communication Strategy and Operations Officer assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps and temporarily supporting the DOD Board on Diversity and Inclusion. She has eleven years commissioned service. Major Kerry Hogan is currently serving as the Adjutant, II MEF Information Group. She has sixteen years commissioned service. Major Sara Kirstein is currently serving as a Manpower Officer with Marine Corps Installations Pacific. She has nine years enlisted and thirteen years of commissioned service. Captain Catherine Baniakas is currently serving as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer for VMM-362. She has nine years of commissioned service. All are members of the newly formed Marine Women's Initiative Team, a grassroots organization of female Marines who seeks to improve the recruitment, retention and employment of women in the Marine Corps. 

Soldier who died on New Year's Eve had filed sexual assault charges

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) -- The family of a Fort Bliss soldier who died on New Year’s Eve said she reported sexual assault charges to the U.S. Army during her time at Fort Bliss months before she died.

Pfc. Asia Graham, 19, was found unresponsive in her barracks on New Year’s Eve and was later pronounced dead by the Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services personnel.

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Air Force orders units to toss offensive morale patches, mottos


The Air Force is conducting a sweep of its emblems, morale patches, nicknames, and other symbols to weed out those that are racist, sexist or otherwise offensive.

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, and Chief of Space Operations Jay Raymond signed a memo Dec. 23 ordering the review.

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MIWVE 2020 - Program Highlights Video

During the COVID-19 Pandemic MIWVE continued to carry out our mission safely. We have plans to expand our youth outreach, looking forward to a productive 2021. Check out our YouTube Video