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Oath of Enlistment

Oath of Enlistment

Updated: August 10, 2020

What is the Oath of Enlistment? This practice has its origins in antiquity, though not in the form we currently know in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are formal oaths, such as the Oath of Office the President must swear on Inauguration Day, and there are more informal oaths such as the one uttered by […]

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Decorated Black Soldiers Throughout History

Black History Month: Decorated Soldiers

Updated: February 1, 2024

During Black History Month we commemorate the contributions and achievements of African American figures in U.S. History. We remember those men and women of color who served and made sacrifices in support of the United States military – despite the challenges and adversity – and we are grateful for their service every day. The list […]

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Military War Dogs

Military War Dog Program

Updated: August 27, 2020

What is a military war dog? The dictionary definition includes the description, “a dog trained to serve on the battlefield,” in addition to being used to describe humans who behave in warlike ways. Our article focuses on canines, who have been used in combat nearly as long as they have associated with humans. Roman legions […]

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K9 Corps

K9 Corps

Updated: March 31, 2020

Dogs and soldiers have long been associated with one another and the United States military is no exception. Such partnerships have traditionally included both companionship and mission-related work for both humans and canines, but it wasn’t until the Second World War that this partnership become official. What is this special relationship between dogs and service […]

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Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

Defense Counterintelligence & Security Agency (DCSA)

Updated: July 11, 2021

Oct. 2, 2019 was the start of the fiscal year for the government, and the first day the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) was officially open for business. This agency, created by executive order, has responsibility for conducting background checks associated with processing security clearance applications as well as doing background checks for industrial […]

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Midway Movie Poster

Midway Movie

Updated: June 8, 2020

“Pearl Harbor is the greatest intelligence failure in history. This can never happen again.” That’s a quote from the film Midway, directed by Roland Emerich and written by Wes Tooke. The Emerich film features Woody Harrelson as Admiral Chester Nimitz, and Aaron Eckhardt as Col. Jimmy Doolittle. The film offers moviegoers a clear action drama […]

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Challenge Coins

Challenge Coins

Updated: January 1, 2021

There are many traditions in today’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps that have easily traceable origins or have a backstory that is commonly accepted. One example is the tradition of the military salute, which does not have a specific event or date to establish when the salute was adopted. But in […]

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Space Command

Space Command

Updated: March 22, 2021

There has been much discussion of the military in space. With today’s spy satellites, asteroid threats, commercial GPS systems, commercial space launches, and other concerns it does seem like the right time to focus attention on both the outer limits of Earth’s atmosphere and places where “no one has gone before” to quote the old […]

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Military Parades

Military Parades

Updated: January 21, 2021

In past news, President Trump spoke of his desire to hold a military parade in the United States intended to rival or at least be similar to the Bastille Day parade in France. Pentagon officials received orders in early 2018 to explore the concept, and plans for a grand military parade were postponed until the […]

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History of the GI Bill

History of the GI Bill

Updated: June 21, 2024

The GI Bill is one of the most important military programs available. Over the years, the GI Bill has grown from a “one servicemember, one benefit” program, into a more useful set of education benefits for those in uniform, and their spouses and children. The GI Bill Has Humble Beginnings June 22, 2024 marks the […]

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