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Pentagon spent $28M on Afghan uniforms with bad camouflage

bad camouflage cost $28mThe U.S. Department of Defense may have wasted nearly $30 million over the past decade on uniforms for the Afghan military that featured a camouflage pattern inappropriate for the country's desert landscapes, a top government fiscal watchdog said Wednesday.

A 17-page report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says $28 million has already been spent by the Pentagon on the uniforms -- and perhaps another $72 million will go toward them in the next decade.

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Missing U.S. Sailors Found Dead Aboard Ship Following Collision

Missing sailors foundThe search for seven missing American sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald was called off Sunday, a day after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship, after multiple bodies were found in flooded compartments of the ship.

So far, officials have not confirmed that all seven missing sailors have been accounted for, but after surveying the damage done by the merchant ship—which is three to four times the U.S. destroyer’s size—it appears highly likely all of the sailors were trapped in flooded compartments, which included the ship’s sleeping quarters.

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7 sailors missing after Navy destroyer collision off Japan

US destroyer collides with Japan shipSeven US sailors are missing and one has sustained a head injury after a US destroyer collided with a merchant ship about 56 nautical miles off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan, the Japanese coast guard has told CNN.

The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage to its starboard side above and below the waterline, resulting in some flooding, the Navy said.

A Navy official told CNN the destroyer is under its own power but has limited propulsion.

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Judge gives Naval officer 6 years in prison for espionage

Lt. Cmdr. Edward sentenced to six years for espionageA naval flight officer who pleaded guilty in May to disclosing classified information will spend six years in prison, a military judge in Virginia ruled.

Cmdr. Robert Monahan said Friday that in addition to the time behind bars -- with 646 days of time served credit -- Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin, 40, will be dismissed from the Navy. He faced up to nine years in prison.

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How Our Military Discards Its Wounded Troops

Discarding our wounded veteransWhen I joined the Army, I took a creed to “never leave a fallen comrade.” Now it appears that the military community to which I belong is failing to honor that creed.

I was disheartened but unsurprised to read the newly released Government Accountability Office report finding that 62% of servicemembers who received less than honorable discharges suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, or other mental-health illnesses. Misconduct based discharges, or “bad papers,” bar more than 57,000 veterans from receiving many benefits, including treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Marine officers are drugged, robbed after Bogotá pub crawl and could face charges

Marines drugged, robbed in BogotaThree married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogotá, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped illicit drugs, robbed of U.S. property and landed in a local hospital emergency room.

The men may have fallen prey to what is known as “burundanga poisoning,” according to a report on the investigation conducted by the Marine Corps Forces, South, a Southern Command subsidiary, and obtained by the Miami Herald.

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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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