Old Guard places flags in Arlington National Cemetery

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ARLINGTON, Va. -

Every year, a special group of soldiers marks Memorial Day on hallowed ground.

Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the "Old Guard," place American flags on every gravesite for service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The tradition, which is known as "Flags In" has been carried out for more than 60 years.

In all, more than 228,000 of the small flags are placed near each headstone by the measure of the soldier's boot length.

Flags are also placed at the graves at the Soldiers and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. Read full story here


Marines weigh stripping the word 'man' from all job titles

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So, with the Marine Corps to date the strictest to holding the bar and standard for females in the infantry and combat billets, there is this. This sends very mixed signals to the Marines currently serving. The CMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps) is holding the line regarding standards then releases this. Interesting. Time for a C-Gar

Per Merriam Webster:

ri·fle·man
ˈrīfəlmən/
noun
noun: rifleman; plural noun: riflemen
  1. 1.
    a soldier armed with a rifle, especially a private in a rifle regiment.

 

One of the most time-honored phrases in the Marine Corps — "every Marine a rifleman" — could get an update as the service's top leaders consider new gender-neutral job titles for all positions.

The Marine Corps is conducting a sweeping review of its military occupational specialty titles, Capt. Philip Kulczewski, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon, told Marine Corps Times. The move follows a January directive from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus that Navy and Marine leaders ensure all job titles are gender neutral as ground combat jobs opened to women. Read full story here


Army has fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, report says

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Ive mentioned it before here on OMV how the Marine Corps is "bare bones" and many missions are thinned out. Now, here is an article about how thin the US Army is. Time for a C-Gar

The number of U.S. Army soldiers on active duty has been reduced to its lowest since 1940, according to a published report.

The Army Times reported this weekend that the Army's endstrength for March was 479,172. That's 154 fewer soldiers than the service's previous post-World War II low, which was reached during the Army's post-Cold War drawdown in 1999.

The current number is still well above the 269,023 soldiers on duty in 1940, the year before America entered World War II. However, the report says the active force has been reduced by more than 16,500 troops over the past year — the equivalent of about three brigades. Read full story here