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Harrier Low-Level Training (w/VIDEO!)

Harrier Low Level

The AV-8B Harrier was a pioneering aircraft for its time. Introduced in 1981, the Harrier was the first Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft in military service and will continue to be until it is replaced by the F-35B in the mid-2020s.

Despite USAF IOC, F-35 Still Falls Short

F-35 flies in formation with F-16

Coming just a few days after the Air Force declared its F-35A cleared for limited operations, the Pentagon's top tester expressed doubt about the aircraft.

Video: First Firing of F-35 Gun Pod

F-35 with gun pod

Bad news about the F-35's combat capabilities, development, and its cost is nothing new. We've already reported on several bumps in the road for the fighter, including its dogfight with an F-16, potentially dangerous ejection seat, limited arsenal, and more!.

However, it's not all bad news - the F-35's stealthy external gun pod, which will be carried on the Marine Corp's F-35B and the Navy's F-35C, has finally been tested!

Video: RAF F-35B in 4K

F-35 JSF
The first F-35B delivered to the British Royal Air Force was joined by two USMC F-35Bs at the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically.

Marines Change Names of 19 Jobs - Remove "Man"

Infantry Marines on a Flight Deck
With the shift to open all military jobs to both men and women, the Marine Corps will be dropping the word "man" from 19 job titles - shifting to more gender-neutral terms for these jobs.

Final Formation For Blue Angels Solos

Blue Angels #6

The Navy, Marines, and the Blue Angels have been in mourning over the past few days following the loss of Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss, pilot of the #6 Opposing Solo jet during a demonstration training flight.

In a touching display of aerial camaraderie, the #5 and #6 Blue Angels flew one last formation together, with Captain Kuss's body being carried in the Blue Angels C-130 transport

Get Inside Marine Corps Recruit Training - What It Takes to Make Marines

Marine Corps recruit training

Getting ready to ship off to Marine Corps Recruit Training? Or are you just curious about what it takes to join the United States Marine Corps? Either way, here's a video that gives you an up-close-and-personal view into the making of one of America's most elite fighting forces.

Fitness Test Changes Likely in Store for USMC Men and Women

Marine Corps Fitness Test

The Marines are proposing a big change to their fitness test and standards - which will make scoring the maximum on your fitness test a bit harder in the coming years for both male and female Marines.

The Proposed USMC Fitness Test Updates - More Relevant, More Achievable

Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring.

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Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

A week after fleeing raging wildfires, tens of thousands of emotionally ravaged Californians have drifted back home to find their lives and their communities dramatically altered.
1 hour 42 min ago

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

The announcement follows reports by The Washington Post and CBS News, which detailed the Pennsylvania lawmaker's involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by President Barack Obama, that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to curb opioid distribution.
1 hour 54 min ago

Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump's travel ban

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the ruling after the ban on a set of mostly Muslim countries was challenged by the state of Hawaii, which warned that the restrictions would separate families and undermine the recruiting of diverse college students.
2 hours 11 min ago

Maryland man indicted for hate crime in new soldier's slaying

Richard Collins III was stabbed to death on May 20 at the University of Maryland, days before he was set to graduate from Bowie State University. He had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
3 hours 11 min ago