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  • U.S. Marines storm aboard MSC dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Laramie during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise, photo by LCpl. Michael Petersheim/U.S. Marine Corps

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    How Might Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly Affect the U.S. Military?

    Jun 30, 2016

    The Department of Defense recently announced that it will allow transgender personnel to serve openly. The number of transgender members will likely be a small fraction of the total force and have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.

  • U.S. Air Force pilots conduct pre-flight checklists at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, November 4, 2014, photo by Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard

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    Commercial Airlines May Siphon Pilots From U.S. Air Force

    Jul 12, 2016

    The commercial airline industry will continue hiring more pilots to replace its aging workforce, causing more U.S. Air Force aviators to leave the service. Pilot pay is increasing in the commercial sector while Air Force aviator and retention pay are now discretionary programs under DoD guidelines.

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