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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.

USMC News Wire

US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC

Last week, U.S. officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization mission couldn't stay open because the Palestinians had violated a provision in U.S. law requiring the office to close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis.
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Pope's place as refugee champion tested in Myanmar

Francis will thus be walking a fraught diplomatic tightrope during the Nov. 27-Dec. 2 visit, which will include separate meetings with Suu Kyi, the powerful head of Myanmar's military as well as a small group of Rohingya.
1 hour 9 min ago

Republican senators support disciplined Air Force colonel

Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Roy Blunt of Missouri are among the Republican senators rallying behind Air Force Col. Leland Bohannon, who was relieved of his command due to his views on same-sex marriage.
3 hours 3 min ago

How the Pentagon is preparing for the coming drone wars

Largely a preoccupation of hobbyists and experimenting companies, the vehicles are beginning to become a menace on the battlefield, where their benign commercial capabilities have been transformed into lethal weapons and intelligence tools.
4 hours 54 min ago