Duty, Honor, Outrage: Change to West Point's Mission Statement Sparks Controversy

Parade Day at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. — “Duty, Honor, Country” has been the motto of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point since 1898. That motto isn’t changing, but a decision to take those words out of the school’s lesser-known mission statement is still generating outrage. Officials at the 222-year-old military academy 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of […]

‘Where Is the Accountability’: Deplorable Condition of Military Barracks Sparks Outrage, Calls for Change on Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon speaks during an event at Offutt Air Force Base

Lawmakers vented their frustration Wednesday after a government watchdog report detailed squalid living conditions in military barracks that included overflowing sewage, rampant mold, bed bug infestations and squatters. In the first public hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s recently launched military quality-of-life panel, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers blasted the findings of last week’s […]

Army Sparks Outrage with Delay of ‘Brandon Act’ Implementation

The Bernie Beck Gate at Fort Cavazos, Texas

Leaders at Fort Cavazos in Texas held a “call to action” on Aug. 16 — a day to focus on mental health, suicide prevention, intervention and access to care and services — following the suicide deaths of three soldiers assigned to the post. In the wake of the deaths, however, the parents who pushed for […]

Congress’ Move to Scrap the ACFT Sparks Outcry from Army Leadership

Soldiers were evaluated on their physical fitness by taking the ACFT at Fort McCoy

If the Army were a TV show, this would be the end-of-season cliffhanger. Congress is seeking to kill the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, and revert to the service’s previous fitness test. A move that, if successful, would surely draw the ire of senior leadership and confusion across the rank and file. On Friday, […]

Texas Army Cadet Shot to Death on Highway Sparks $25K Reward for Information

Reward for the information on the death of Cadet Joseph Banales.

Army investigators are offering $25,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone involved in the murder of an Army cadet on a Texas highway. Cadet Joseph Banales, 22, was shot last month while driving on a northbound highway in Selma, Texas. He was a senior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at the […]