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.

USMC Uniform Survey Closes

Earlier this month the US Marine Corps concluded a month-long survey on several potential changes to the Corps' current uniform policy.

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.

F-35B Passes First Ship Test! UPDATE: Operational!

The Marine Corps appears on track to have the F-35B STOVL variant reach its Initial Operation Capability (IOC) by July 2015, as it has passed a fairly important milestone.

USMC F-35's Reach IOC This Summer

When Marine Corps pilots start taking to the skies in the F-35B this summer, their brand new aircraft will be lacking in quite a few areas compared to some of the aircraft that it is slated to replace - namely the A-10 Warthog.

The VA, One Year Later

It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied.

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.

Some of his proposed changes:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

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We’re US’ best friend in Syria. Turkey bombed us anyway.

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Shutdown on hold, but here’s what’s next

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan

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