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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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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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