Navy Uniform Changes on the Horizon

The Navy is making the move to tweak their uniform regulations in order to better protect soldiers from extreme heat, cold, and fire, as well as improve the practicality and functionality of each sailors' sea bag.

The Big Changes

  • As of October 1, the common cotton-poly coverall will no longer be an official uniform of the Navy, and its use will be restricted to "dirty work areas" - flight lines, hangar bays, and other maintenance areas. Sailors must change into the uniform of the day or civilian clothes when they leave their work area.

Red Flag at Night

Red Flag is one the largest and most realistic aerial combat simulations that any pilot can fly in. It's held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and like a real war, a lot happens after the sun sets.

This incredible time-lapse footage, taken by Eric Bowen for the Aviationist, gives a beautiful look at some of those night operations.

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

Read more, so I can explain.

Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.

F-35 Dogfight Debacle - What it Means and What it Doesn't

Back in January 2015 an F-35A was pitted against an F-16D in order to test the ability of the F-35 airframe to perform BFM - Basic Fighter Maneuvers - in a dynamic environment. Essentially, see how well the F-35 can turn, climb, dive, roll, and perform other maneuvers in order to shoot down enemy aircraft and avoid being shot down in return.

Navy Considers New Fitness and Tape-In Standards

The Navy wants to decrease the number of sailors that fail its bi-annual fitness assessments, and it plans to do that with a far-reaching initiative to change the focus from a sailor's size to a sailor's overall health.

Billets Filled for Women Submariners

The Navy says that is has completed filling its billets for the first group of female submariners for two crews of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Michigan.

Attempted Espionage of USS Gerald Ford

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, a Saudi-born Egyptian who moved to the United States in 2007, pled guilty to attempted espionage, but avoided more severe sentencing due to the classification of the stolen documents.

Russian/US Naval Commanders Meet

Top commanders for both the Russian and US naval forces met recently at an American naval base in Naples, Italy, in order to discuss some of the recent incidents between the two naval forces in the Black Sea.

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