Author Meghann Myers

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Apparently, girls will be girls, as well. A group of female Israeli soldiers got themselves in some hot water recently when they staged a racy photo shoot in their barracks room, complete with combat gear and brightly colored underthings. They posted the photos on Facebook and, not surprisingly, their command got a hold of them. “The commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fitting,” the Israeli army said in a statement. There are countless similar photos from our own Army  floating around on Facebook — have any readers ever been identified and reprimanded? I think the real question here…

On this week’s cover, more details are emerging on the coming regional alignment and what that will mean for future deployments. In FY2014, about 60,000 soldiers will be sent to five regions throughout the world to carry about a variety of missions, as well as any problems that arise in those areas. Units include the 1st Cavalry Division, 25th Infantry Division, 1st Armored Division and two additional brigade combat teams. As the alignment unfolds,  thousands more soldiers will be assigned  to even more global activities. In a throwback to a bygone era, the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii is bringing…

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On this week’s cover, commanders now have the authority to order tests for spice, bath salts and other synthetic drugs if they have any suspicion a soldier might be using them. Though the Army banned use of the drugs this year, military police didn’t have the technology to test for them on a large scale. The Army is now teaming up with the Air Force to use the service’s advanced drug testing equipment. Though company commanders can order the tests on the spot, the synthetic drugs are not part of the Defense Department’s random screening program. Also in this week’s…

Army leaders are warning soldiers to be careful with their money, particularly as deployments wind down and they re-adjust to lower paychecks. Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno testified May 22 before the Senate Appropriations Committee, where discussion turned to predatory lending and shady for-profit universities. Odierno spoke of loan sharks who “grab young soldiers very quickly, trying to take advantage of them with high percentage loans and other things.” Despite a law placing a 36 percent annual interest/fee cap on consumer credit transactions, some lenders are still taking advantage of soldiers…

While more than 150 Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard troops rushed to Moore, Okla. May 20 to help with the tornado relief effort, Spc. James Hamm watched local news coverage from his home in nearby Fort Sill. According to the National Guard Bureau, 24 are confirmed dead, including 10 children from Plaza Towers Elementary School, where guardsmen used thermal imaging technology to search for survivors in the destroyed building. “When they announced that it hit the elementary school, it really hit home for me,” Hamm told Army Times. “I’ve got a two-month-old at home and also an 11-year-old. It…

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Big news this week: In an effort to save money on processing permanent change-of-station orders, the Army is lengthening tours from 30 months to four years. Read all about the benefits of longer assignments in this week’s cover story. Also on the cover, a new report says that the Defense Department would do well to not only cut back on personnel, but also cap pay raises, begin taxing some allowances and cut health care and retirement benefits. In more comforting news, a former Marine has developed a ballistic jock strap and that ‘eats’ bullets. Check out the Nutshellz Level 2…

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