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Army ramps up weight-related discharges

Army brass sounded the warning more than a year ago: Trim the fat, or you’ll be cut when we trim the force.

Those cuts have begun.

The service in September discharged more than 450 soldiers who failed to meet weight standards — more than the number of people discharged for similar cause in the entire previous year, said Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler.

And that is just the beginning.

DoD considers decriminalizing suicide attempts

The Pentagon has ordered an internal review of the laws that allow commanders to treat attempted suicide as a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The official Manual for Courts-Martial may need to be changed “as part of our ongoing efforts to be sensitive to and address the rising levels of suicide within the military,” according to a memo from Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel.

The review comes as the military’s highest court is preparing to hear an appeal from a Marine who was court-martialed in 2010 and convicted of “self-injury” under Article 134 of the UCMJ, which punishes any offense deemed “prejudicial to good order and discipline.”

300 troops rally to save lt. after IED blast

Nick Vogt graduated from West Point in 2010 with an acceptance to medical school and plans to become one of the Army’s top trauma surgeons.

But first, the Ohio-born 22-year-old wanted to understand the physical and mental demands on an infantryman in combat. So he went to Ranger School and Airborne and landed with 1st Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, first in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and later, Afghanistan.

“It felt necessary for me to go out there, to experience what the soldiers experience, so when I’m a doctor, I’ll know,” said Vogt, now 24.


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