Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs. Read more »

Loading the GAU-8/A on the A-10

The A-10 Thunderbolt is known for its massive gun - the GAU-8/A Avenger cannon. A 30mm cannon that, with ammunition and feed system, weighs over 2 tons. Each 30mm round is close to 1 foot long and weights 1.5 pounds, and the 1,150 rounds are fired at a rate of 3,900 per minute.

As you might imagine, loading over 1,000 heavy rounds involves some heavy equipment and teamwork, and this video gives you an idea of what goes into rearming this massive weapon system. Read more »

A New F-35 Problem For This Week

According to a report released by DefenseNews.com it looks like the F-35 may be much more dangerous for some pilots than others. Read more »

So You Want to Be A Fighter Pilot?

Although I imagine a healthy majority of people who have ever been to an air show have dreamed of it, only a very small number of people ever realize the dream of being a fighter pilot. Here's why:

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Live-Fire Exercise on the Korean Peninsula

Last week the US and South Korean Army and Air Forces participated in a massive live-fire exercise in Pocheon, an area about 50 miles north of the South Korean capital of Seoul and about the same distance from the North Korean border.

The following video shows some of the forces involved in the exercise, and the amount of firepower on tap with these combined forces is both intense and impressive:
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Americans Receive Highest French Honor

France is awarding its highest honor, the Legion of Honor medal, to the three Americans and one Briton that subdued a heavily-armed passenger that was on their high-speed train that was heading from Amsterdam to Paris with 500 passengers. Read more »

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.

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.

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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. Read more »

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. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Israeli, French leaders tangle over US Jerusalem decision

The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.
13 hours 43 min ago

Fort Bragg picked as home of the second Security Force Assistance Brigade

The Fort Bragg unit will be the second of six planned SFABs, specialized units “whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations.”
16 hours 28 min ago

IT companies press Pentagon to pick more than one winner in cloud competition

A consortium of industry groups is concerned that the Pentagon could issue a single contract for internet cloud computing services, putting one company in a dominant position to lock out competitors that might develop new innovations in the future.
16 hours 59 min ago

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns.
17 hours 35 min ago

Trump talks tax cuts and budget on golf course with Graham

President Trump has set a Christmas deadline for signing the bill into law, giving lawmakers named to a special conference committee two weeks to iron out major differences in the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The conference committee has scheduled its first formal meeting for Wednesday.
17 hours 52 min ago

Decades later, Vietnam vet is finally awarded Silver Star, Purple Heart

Paul Harvey was supposed to receive the awards before leaving Vietnam, but he didn't want to wait three weeks for the ceremony. When he got home, he never talked about his valor under fire because the sentiment against Vietnam veterans was fierce.
17 hours 53 min ago