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VA bosses in 7 states manipulated vets' wait times for care

VA bosses in 7 states manipulated dataSupervisors instructed schedulers to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs' medical facilities in at least seven states, according to newly released investigation reports from the department’s inspector general.

The manipulation gave the false impression that the facilities in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, New York, Texas and Vermont were meeting VA performance measures for shorter wait times.


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.


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. "


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.


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.


Top US Navy officer jailed over massive bribery scandal

Top US Navy officer jailed for briberyA high-ranking US Navy captain has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for passing classified information to a Malaysian defence contractor.

Daniel Dusek provided the information in exchange for luxury hotel stays and the services of prostitutes.  Desek was also ordered to pay a $70,000 (£50,000) fine and $30,000 in restitution to the navy.

He is the highest-ranking officer to be charged in one of the US military's worst bribery scandals.


Naval officer arrested for assaulting Japanese woman on flight

US naval presence in OkinawaA U.S. Navy officer was arrested after allegedly groping and punching a 19-year-old Japanese woman on a flight from San Diego to Japan, officials said.

The officer is a 33-year-old lieutenant stationed at the Navy's base in Okinawa, USA Today reported.

The incident happened over the course of about 90 minutes on a commercial flight. Witnesses told Stars and Stripes the officer was drinking and had been repeatedly groping the woman's leg. Another passenger reported the behavior to a flight attendant and the woman had switched seats when the officer allegedly hit her in the face.

The severity of the woman's injuries was not reported.


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