As Military Addresses Diversity, Republicans See Culture War Target

The Pentagon’s leadership is taking steps to promote inclusion in the military, prompting a political backlash.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case on Military Draft

The justices had been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat.

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Gaza Militant Group Says 17-Year-Old Killed by Airstrike Was a Member

The teenager, Khaled al-Qanou, was one of 67 children killed in Gaza during the latest war between Israel and militants. It is against international law to recruit children to fight.

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The Way of the Conscientious Objector

A philosophical and moral conversion led this soldier to leave the military. Why don’t more take this path? 

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Does Requiring Only Men to Register for the Draft Violate the Constitution?

The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat.

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The Military’s Extremism Problem Is Our Problem

Yes, veterans were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But this isn’t just the military’s problem to solve.

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Biden Lifts Transgender Military Ban

The president’s order, reversing a Trump administration policy, creates opportunities for young people whose dreams of serving in the military had been sidetracked.

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Almost Like Clockwork, Talk of a Military Coup Follows Thai Protests

“I see a coup as not a bad thing,” said one prominent royalist who publicly called for a military intervention to quell antigovernment rallies in Bangkok and to protect the monarchy.

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Talk of a Military Coup Follows Protests in Thailand

“I see a coup as not a bad thing,” said one prominent royalist who publicly called for a military intervention to quell antigovernment rallies in Bangkok and to protect the monarchy.

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Turning 100, a Former Spanish Soldier Laments the Curse of His Birth Year

Andreu Canet is one of the last survivors of the “baby bottle conscription.” Born in 1920, they were drafted as teenagers in an ill-fated bid to stop Franco from winning Spain’s civil war.

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In South Korea, Draft Resisters Still Go to Prison. But Now It’s a Job.

A court ruled that conscientious objectors must be allowed to serve their country in other ways. The government says they’ll still have to do so behind prison walls.

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Germany Disbands Special Forces Group Tainted by Far-Right Extremists

For years, far-right extremists were tolerated inside Germany’s most elite military unit. An underground bunker of explosives has woken the authorities to an alarming problem.

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No More ‘Kneecap to Kneecap’ Talks: Coronavirus Hinders Military Recruiting

There is no substitute for face-to-face conversations when trying to get Americans to sign up to be service members. Boot camp outbreaks slow the pipeline, too.

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Women at a Marine Boot Camp Represent an Identity Crisis for the Corps

Keeping men and women in separate platoons during recruit training is the last stand for the Marine Corps, which has been slow to move toward gender integration.

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Making Marines Without Making Them Sick

After a brief pause, Parris Island is once again taking Marine recruits, with some modifications to the grueling 13-week boot camp.

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Pentagon Takes Restrained Role in Coronavirus Response, Despite Calls for Help

Officials are trying to determine the military’s role in safeguarding the United States from a new enemy within its borders, even as commanders fear infection across the ranks.

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