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British Army on defensive over recruitment campaign

by Stephen Beard Feb 1, 2018
British authorities tried a more inclusive campaign but critics say it was misguided.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings) march from the parade ground after they received their Afghanistan Operational Service Medals at Picton Barracks on Nov. 1, 2012 in Bulford, England.
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Spider silk, the newest fabric for military uniforms

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 31, 2017
The silky strands made by spiders are strong and supple. Now, scientists in Michigan are using genetic engineering to reproduce spider silk for a wide range of uses, including military uniforms.
These silk threads are mass produced by silkworms but based on the protein a spider uses to spin its web.
Photo Courtesy of Kraig Biocraft Laboratories

Army’s new pistol is a boost for New Hampshire

by Jed Kim Jan 26, 2017
The U.S. Army is to have a new standard-issue sidearm. The P320 pistol will be made in New Hampshire by gunmaker Sig Sauer and will replace the old Beretta M9. The new weapon has a modular design so you can…

Military chow hall makeovers, with a side of broccoli

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 15, 2016
Army dining facilities are being asked to do more with less, and to get soldiers to eat their veggies.
Sgt. Earl Lendore, a food service specialist in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares a meal at a Ft. Bragg dining facility.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman/82nd Combat Aviation Brigade PAO

U.S. Army recruits young innovators

by Amy Scott Jul 2, 2015
Armament research lab wants to help kids patent and sell their ideas.

Lessons learned from the Humvee

by Tim Fitzsimons Jun 16, 2015
Three contractors are bidding to build a lighter, faster replacement vehicle.

Proposed Defense budget decreases Army levels

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Feb 24, 2014
The Army may end up at its smallest level since 1940.

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Congress holds hearing on army recruiting fraud

by David Weinberg Feb 4, 2014
When incentives to recruit new soldiers turns to fraud.

R.O.T.C. refocuses recruiting on urban areas

by David Brancaccio Oct 24, 2013
The Army will close R.O.T.C. programs at 13 universities, more than half of which are in the South.

Uncle Sam might not want you anymore

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 27, 2013
It’s a good time to be a recruiter for the U.S. military. Applications are up, as youth unemployment continues to soar. And the Pentagon doesn’t need as many people as it did at the height of the wars in Iraq…