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  Cadets Zachary Schwatka, center, and Robert Fetters, right, attend a seminar on international security on Nov. 21, 2013, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.  Yana Paskova/The Washington Post

Next generation of military officers faces uncertain times

WEST POINT, N.Y. — They were fourth- and fifth-graders when terror struck on Sept. 11, 2001, and they have only hazy recollections of the day that...

  A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team steps off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, Sept. 27, over Luzon Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C. Paratroopers from throughout the 82nd Abn. Div. participated in cultural exchange jumps with jumpmasters from the Brazilian army. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger)  U.S. Army

Army dropping number of paratrooper units

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The legendary Pathfinders have taken their final jump and the Red Devils aren't too far behind.

The two...

U.S. Air Force cadets march to lunch at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30, 2012.  Myles Cullen/Department of Defense

Secretive AF program recruits academy cadets to inform on colleagues and disavows them

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to...

A U.S. Air Force Airman prepares to marshall a HH-60G Pave Hawk at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2013. The Air Force is eliminating selective reenlistment bonuses for 46 career fields and cutting retraining opportunities for hundreds of airmen in over-manned specialties as the service prepares to trim the force by as many as 25,000 airmen over the next several years.  Kayla Newman/U.S. Air Force

Air Force slashing reenlistment bonuses, cutting retraining in some specialties

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force is eliminating selective reenlistment bonuses for 46 career fields and cutting retraining opportunities...

The business of buying a bride

Kang Soo-mal-ri admitted that when she first arrived in Korea from Cambodia in 2007, she was scared. After a brief introduction by a family member...

Home is where the hummus is

Ask a foreigner what foods they miss from home and you’ll hear a crazy myriad of responses, some things totally predictable (pizza) and some...

Photo by Shelley DeWees

Seasoned vegans

Chicago natives Jessica Perlaza and Danielle Arsenault met a few years ago when they were both teaching in Anyang. Their friendship soon developed...

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Chicago, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. PAUL BEATY/AP

In Asia visit, Biden to remind China that US is a Pacific power

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden heads to Asia on Monday amid an escalating spat over the East China Sea with a message mainly directed at...

These tiny islands in the East China Sea are called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. China has published a map to maintain public outrage over the Japanese government’s purchase of some of the islands. China is also appealing to the United Nations. KYODO NEWS/AP

China sends warplanes into air defense zone

BEIJING — China said it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone Thursday, days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all...

Hey! Don't be late mailing your Christmas gifts!

The holiday season is here and postal officials are urging users of the military postal service to mail cards and presents as early as possible...

  A split screen image of Army Sgt. 1st Class John Hartley Robertson, left, and the man who claims to be the missing Green Beret, Dang Tan Ngoc. Robertson's family is currently raising funds to exhume Robertson's mother and test against Ngoc's DNA. Courtesy of Cyndi Hanna

Family wants 'definitive proof' man in Vietnam isn't Army sergeant

For years, a man living in Vietnam as Dang Tan Ngoc has been claiming that he is Army Sgt. 1st Class John Hartley Robertson, a Special Forces...

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