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They're the first enlisted women in the Army Infantry – making 'f---ing history'

18 Women Graduate Ft. Benning phase of trainingMoments before 18 women were about to walk across Inouye Field at Fort Benning to become brand new privates and specialists, a female drill sergeant offered clarity.

“This is a big deal,” she said to the younger women Friday morning on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. “You are making f---ing history.”

It was the kind of clarity that only a drill sergeant can provide.

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Chelsea Manning tweets 1st post-prison photo

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning, the transgender soldier released from military prison this week after serving seven years for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, posted her first post-prison photo on social media Thursday.

"Okay, so here I am everyone!!" she tweeted beneath a photo showing her wearing red lipstick and sporting a black top cut deeply in a V in the front.

Documentary filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins shot the portrait photo, the ACLU told NBC News. Hawkins is shooting a documentary called "XY Chelsea" about Manning's adjustment to life after prison.

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Most troops booted from the military for misconduct had mental issues

Most discharged troops had mental issuesMore than three of every five troops dismissed from service for misconduct from 2011-2015 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, drinking or other adjustment-related issues, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Tuesday.

Of the 57,141 troops with such diagnoses in the two year prior to their discharge, almost one quarter, or 13,283, received an “other than honorable” label, potentially disqualifying them for health benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department.

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Chelsea Manning to be on active duty after prison release

Chelsea ManningPvt. Chelsea Manning will be an unpaid, active duty soldier after her release from prison, scheduled for May 17, the U.S. Army announced.

Manning, 29, received a 35-year prison sentence after a court-martial for her involvement in providing diplomatic cables and other classified information to WikiLeaks. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in the final days of his administration.

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Trump considering sending 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan

More troops considered for AfghanistanU.S. President Donald Trump's senior advisers said they have proposed sending additional troops to Afghanistan to weaken the Taliban in an effort to bring about negotiations.

In order to send the reinforcements, Trump must approve the recommendation by his senior military and foreign policy advisers aimed at breaking a military deadlock in the war that began in 2001, U.S. officials told The New York Times. The proposed additional troops would work together with a greater number of Afghan forces and operate more closely to the front lines.

TVNL Comment:  Great diversion from the testimony by Sally Yates yesterday.  That's already out of the headlines.  Cleverness often wins over truth.

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Analysts Cast Doubt on Claims About Afghan Bombing

Analysts cast doubt on Syria strike damageAfter dropping its largest conventional bomb ever used in combat in Afghanistan on 13 April, the US military said the massive ordnance air blast, or Moab, was a “very clear message to Isis” that they would be “annihilated”.

Defence secretary Jim Mattis said the bomb was “necessary to break Isis”. The Afghan government claimed the bomb killed 94 Isis militants, while harming no civilians.

But a new investigation by independent analysts casts doubt on the efficiency of the bomb, suggesting it inflicted far less damage than initially reported – and raising questions again over why the bomb was dropped.

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US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

US solider killed in Somalia 5/5/17A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab — the first U.S. combat death in the country in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that remains largely chaos.

"We do not believe there has been a case where a U.S. service member has been killed in combat action in Somalia since the incident there in 1993," U.S. Africa Command spokesman Patrick Barnes said Friday. The United States pulled out of Somalia after that incident in which two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

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