Military
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Bergdahl won’t serve prison time

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/03/17, 12:04 pm

A military judge decided Bowe Bergdahl should serve no prison time for abandoning his post in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban. The judge gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private, and ordered him to forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months. Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and faced up to life in prison. Prosecutors sought stiff punishment because some service members were wounded in the search for Bergdahl after he disappeared in 2009.

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Tillerson, Mattis caution against revoking war authorizations

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/31/17, 11:16 am

WASHINGTON—Top Trump administration officials warned lawmakers Monday night against repealing the longstanding use of military force authorizations. There is growing bipartisan momentum to strike down the measures passed by Congress in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and in 2002 before the start of the Iraq War. Lawmakers want to replace those with a new authorization specifically targeting terror groups. But Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the old authorizations still hold merit.

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Court halts transgender military ban

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/30/17, 01:50 pm

A federal court in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from changing the military’s policy on transgender service members. In August, Trump ordered a ban on any new transgender enlistments but left it up to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to set policy for current personnel. Mattis has directed top military leaders to allow transgender people to reenlist and continue to serve for now. U.S.

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