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Female U.S. Navy recruits the first to wear iconic 'dixie cup' headwear

Female navy recruits get same hats as men

The U.S. Navy issued its first "dixie cup" hats to female recruits this week as part of a new effort to acknowledge gender equality and establish consistency in sailors' uniforms branch-wide.

The women received the traditional white caps Tuesday at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, Recruit Training Command. It is the first time in the Navy's history that females have donned the iconic headwear.

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Worldwide military spending reaches $1.7 trillion

Global military spending at 1.7 trillionGlobal military expenditure rose to nearly $1.7 trillion in 2015, reflecting continued growth in Asia and Oceania, Central and Eastern Europe, and some Middle Eastern states, according to a SIPRI report.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said the figure was 1 percent higher than 2014 in real terms.

"The increase reflects continuing growth in Asia and Oceania, Central and Eastern Europe, and some Middle Eastern states," it said. "The decline in spending in the West is also levelling off. At the same time, spending decreased in Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, the global military expenditure picture is mixed. "

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U.S. mulls pulling troops from Sinai due to ISIS threat

US troops may leave SinaiThe Obama administration is considering pulling troops out of a base in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in part due to the growing threat from ISIS and other militants, CNN has learned.

The U.S. is mulling moving some U.S. and international troops into southern portions of Sinai. They are discussing the possibility with Egypt and Israel, which signed a peace treaty in 1979 that the Multinational Force and Observers mission monitors compliance with. Some 700 U.S. troops are currently part of the mission.

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Sikh Army Captain Will Be Able To Wear Turban, Beard While On Active Duty

Sikh in US armyAfter a lengthy legal battle, the U.S. Army has announced it will grant a Sikh man a year-long exemption allowing him to wear a turban and beard while serving as an active duty officer.

Since December 2015, decorated Afghanistan veteran and West Point graduate Captain Simratpal Singh has been in an ongoing debate with the U.S. Army over whether he is allowed to grow out a beard and wear a turban while on active duty — outward expressions of faith common among men who follow Sikhism, Singh’s religion.

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Airmen at nuke base probed for illegal drug use

Airmen at nuclear base investigated for drugsThe Air Force is investigating 14 members of a nuclear weapons security force for alleged illegal drug activity, in some cases including cocaine use, defense officials said Friday. The probe is a fresh blow to a nuclear missile corps that has been under intense scrutiny for a string of lapses in training and personal conduct over the past three years.

The investigation at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, home of the 90th Missile Wing, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, was announced by Gen. Robin Rand, the four-star commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. The command is responsible for the entire fleet of Minuteman 3 land-based nuclear missiles; one-third of the Minuteman 3 force is operated by the 90th Missile Wing in missile fields in portions of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

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U.S. general Lori Robinson to become first woman to lead combatant command

Gen. Lori RobinsonPresident Barack Obama will name the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command, selecting Air Force General Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior in the U.S. military and would make Robinson - who now leads U.S. air forces in the Pacific - the top general overseeing activities in North America.

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Bowe Bergdahl's attorney wants to interview Donald Trump

BergdalsThe attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, facing a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, has requested to meet with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in a possible attempt to depose him for repeatedly calling Bergdahl a "traitor."

Attorney Franklin D. Rosenblatt wrote to Trump asking for an interview of up to two hours, CNN reported.

"Based on your personal knowledge of matters that are relevant to Sergeant Bergdahl's right to a fair trial, this interview will help us determine whether to seek a deposition order ... or your personal appearance as a witness at an Article 39(a) session of the court-martial," NBC News reported.

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