The lead generation program was instituted in 2005 to quickly fill the ranks during a time of multiple overseas combat obligations. And it was successful in bringing the National Guard back to its end strength.
These two women have proved what many of us have argued for years -- that if given the chance, there are women who can hold their own with the most elite warriors in our military, and that all the barriers to women achieving their full potential in the military should come down.
Hopefully Ashton Carter, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, will make a strong commitment to closing down Guantanamo before the end of President Obama's term. His confirmation hearing will be a key indicator of how committed he is to this goal.
One of Carter's major tasks will be to oversee the continuing transition of the U.S. military after two highly costly and un-winnable wars to an uncertain environment that will test the Obama administration's last two years in office.
When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.
Statements such as Hagel's are not only untrustworthy, they are deceptive and misleading. They provide cover as we repeat the very military action the words ostensibly seek to avoid. This is delusion-in-action.
President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.
Who's responsible for letting actor/author Chris Colfer voice his own audiobook, The Land of Stories, a Grimm Warning? Aside from garbled words, his fourth grade reading technique is a formidable obstacle to getting past the first chapter.
Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.
Sexual misconduct in the military has been steadily rising for a number of years and has become a blight on the reputation of the armed forces. Time will tell whether these latest efforts will curtail sexual assault or if a greater caliber of action is required.