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Coming Soon to a Military Base Near You: 24/7 Prescription Refills

You may soon be able to pick up your prescriptions at the commissary or exchange without waiting in line in a room full of sick people.

The Military Health System recently announced an expansion of the prescription pick-up locker, or “ScriptCenter” program, nearly doubling the number of locations that offer the self-service option.

The new ScriptCenter dispenses your medications while you wait. The units will also have video capabilities one day, allowing a patient to communicate directly with a pharmacist if necessary.

Patients at participating locations will be given the option to get their medication either from the pharmacy or ScriptCenter when they order refills. The ExpressScript mail-order home delivery pharmacy option will still be available.

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Marines Weigh Closing Parris Island and San Diego to Open New Coed Boot Camp

The Marine Corps is considering a plan in which it could close its two existing boot camp locations and funnel all recruits to a new base where men and women would train together.

Marine entry-level training is a long way off from being able to meet a congressional mandate to make its East and West coast training bases both able to support gender-integrated training in the coming years, the Corps’ top general said on Thursday.

That is leading the service to study the option of opening a third training base in a new location to which all new recruits would ship, rather than spending cash on construction projects at aging training bases.

“Nothing, the way we’re organized right now, lends itself to integrated recruit training,” Commandant Gen. David Berger said on Thursday...

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Military Leaders Reveal Plans to Make Promotion Packages Totally Anonymous

The Defense Department has plans to remove all personal identifying characteristics, such as gender and name, from promotion packets to avoid potential bias by selection boards, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday.

In July, Defense Secretary Mark Esper put out a directive barring the use of photos by selection boards. But on Thursday, he and Milley said the directive didn’t go far enough in promoting equal opportunity and diversity in the ranks.

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“We are the world’s biggest meritocracy,” Milley said at a town hall meeting. But bias, whether conscious or unconscious, needs to be eliminated, he added.

Milley said that knowledge, skills and character should be the main factors in deciding ...

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The Air Force’s Future Tanker Planes Could Be Autonomous

The Air Force is drawing up plans for its next refueling tanker to have autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities, thanks in part to efforts to fix the KC-46 Pegasus, according to the service’s acquisition czar.

Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, said a required redesign of the KC 46’s Remote Vision System (RVS), which permits the in-flight operator to view the refueling system below the tanker, is bringing the tanker to the brink of autonomous refueling with its latest suite of sensors and in-flight tracking.

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“The KC-46 is going to take us all the way up to the doorstep of semi-autonomous and autonomous tanking,” Roper said Wednesday du...

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Fort Hood Armored Brigade Will Deploy to Europe, Army Announces

The Army announced today that it will deploy an armored brigade to Europe this fall as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team from Fort Hood, Texas will replace the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division in support of NATO efforts to deter Russian aggression in the region, according to a Fort Hood news release.

“It is a great privilege to aid in the preservation of peace by showcasing our Army’s ability to project lethality across the globe,” Col. Michael Schoenfeldt, commander of the 1st ABCT, said in the release.

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“The Ironhorse Brigade is lethal, tough, and ready...

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Female Marine Drill Instructors Are Headed to All-Male San Diego Boot Camp

Men stepping onto the famous yellow footprints at the Marine Corps’ historically all-male recruit depot on the West Coast will soon be greeted by female drill instructors.

For the first time ever, the female drill instructors could begin training men at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Commandant Gen. David Berger said Thursday. The move is part of a years-long congressional mandate the service is facing to make its entry-level training coed.

“All of our female drill instructors are on the East Coast,” Berger said during an event hosted by Defense One. “… We’re going to run a couple trials this wintertime actually moving drill instructors from South Carolina to San Diego [on temporary duty] and train recruits on the West Coast to see how this is going to work.”

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Congressional Gold Medal for Famed Merrill’s Marauders Awaits President’s Approval

House lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the famed Merrill’s Marauders of World War II.

The Senate passed a version of the bill late last year, and supporters say they expect President Donald Trump will sign the legislation.

The Marauders were named for Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill, who led the Army unit as it fought behind Japanese lines in Burma during the war.

The Congressional Gold Medal would recognize the extraordinary service of the nearly 3,000 men of the 5307th Composite Unit, as the Marauders were formally known.

The unit was tasked with capturing the Myitkyina airfield in northern Burma, which they did on May 17, 1944, after a 1,000-mile trek over the Himalayan foothills, through jungles and enemy resistance...

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Unicorn Made Famous by Shark Incident Floats into History at Coast Guard Museum

In the video, it can be seen drifting at sea, a rainbow-bright mythological Equus cast aside as swimmers from the Coast Guard cutter Kimball clambered out of the water and away from an uninvited shark.

Despite calls for the swim watch to “sink the unicorn,” the giant inflatable darling of the Kimball’s now-infamous Aug. 26 swim call was retrieved from the Pacific Ocean and will have a new home at the U.S. Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut.

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Museum staff posted a photo Thursday of their latest acquisition, which will join the museum’s collection of mascots. The Kimball’s unicorn swim floatie will be displayed alongside such objects as a lighthouse keeper’s Salty Rabbit and Capt...

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Marine Corps Plans Robust Improvements to Force-on-Force Combat Training

The new head of Marine Corps Training and Education Command said Wednesday that he is a new believer in the renewed push to require force-on-force training to prepare combat units for the future battlefield.

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta told an audience at Modern Day Marine 2020 that the service will make significant investments in force-on-force training over the next several years to ensure that units take away valuable training lessons.

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The shift from scripted training scenarios to force-on-force, freestyle training began in 2018 when then-Lt. Gen. David Berger was head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Berger has since been promoted to a fourth star as commandant of the Marine Corps.

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Automatic US Citizenship Restored for All Military Children Born Overseas

In compliance with a new law, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has changed its rules to give children born overseas to U.S. military families and civil servants immediate American citizenship.

The changes adopted by USCIS on Sept. 18 will, in a small number of cases, allow military families and civil servants to avoid a laborious and potentially costly application process to get citizenship for their children, according to Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a sponsor of the new law passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump.

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The new law scraps rules put in place by USCIS in August 2019 that caused widespread confusion for military families.

The August 2019 rules still gave citizen...

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