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U.S. troops say the Army's Distributed Common Ground System is insufficient to help Iraqi forces track down and kill Islamic State terrorists. (Associated Press)

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The Army this week stopped paying Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who is under investigation for sharing information with Congress on policies for freeing hostages. (Associated Press)

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Raytheon has a new laser-guided, 155mm “Excalibur” artillery shell — with technology that allows the weapon to change course mid-flight — that it’s pitching to the Army and Navy. The dual-mode Excalibur variant called Excalibur S maintains its GPS guidance system but also adds a laser spot tracker which is a seeker that will detect laser energy from a laser designator and guide to that energy spot on a target.

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The Army is asking the gun industry to build new components for its soldiers' primary weapon — the M4 carbine — a move that experts say is a tacit admission that the service has been supplying a flawed rifle that lacks the precision of commercially available guns. (Associated Press)

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Several legal analysts predicted that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, who faces confinement for life if convicted, will receive a more lenient sentence in a plea deal to avoid a drawn-out trial that just provides more bad publicity for the Army after a year of media scrutiny on the conditions around Sgt. Bergdahl's disappearance in 2009. (Associated Press)

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Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. His arrival was a major media event. Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort. Presley announced that he was looking forward to his military stint, saying he did not want to be treated any differently from anyone else: "The Army can do anything it wants with me." Soon after Presley commenced basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, he received a visit from Eddie Fadal, a businessman he had met on tour. According to Fadal, Presley had become convinced his career was finished-"He firmly believed that." But then, during a two-week leave in early June, Presley recorded five songs in Nashville. In early August, his mother was diagnosed with hepatitis and her condition rapidly worsened. Presley, granted emergency leave to visit her, arrived in Memphis on August 12. Two days later, she died of heart failure, aged 46. Presley was devastated; their relationship had remained extremely close--even into his adulthood, they would use baby talk with each other and Presley would address her with pet names. After training, Presley joined the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, on October 1. Introduced to amphetamines by a sergeant while on maneuvers, he became "practically evangelical about their benefits" - not only for energy, but for "strength" and weight loss, as well - and many of his friends in the outfit joined him in indulging. The Army also introduced Presley to karate, which he studied seriously, later including it in his live performances. Fellow soldiers have attested to Presley's wish to be seen as an able, ordinary soldier, despite his fame, and to his generosity. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit. Elvis Presley is shown in uniform at company D 1st Battalion 32nd U.S. Army Armour at the barr

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Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the United States Army in 1940 but was rejected for failing to meet height and weight requirements for new recruits—Stewart was five pounds under the standard. To get up to 148 pounds, he sought out the help of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's muscle man and trainer Don Loomis, who was noted for his ability to add or subtract pounds in his studio gymnasium. Stewart subsequently attempted to enlist in the Air Corps, but still came in under the weight requirement, although he persuaded the enlistment officer to run new tests, this time passing the weigh-in,[33][N 2] with the result that Stewart enlisted and was inducted in the Army on March 22, 1941. He became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II. He had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve. Jimmy Stewart, who won the Academy Award for acting, is shown at Fort MacArthur, Calif., March 22, 1941, in his new uniform after his induction earlier in the day in Los Angeles. He is a licensed pilot and hopes to go to the Army Air Corps. (AP Photo)

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Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo tries to get an official's attention in the second half of the Army-Navy NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The AH-64D Apache attack helicopter is used mostly by the Army but it also is found in other countries' military aviation fleets. Last year, authorities at Fort Rucker, Alabama, reported a "mishap" in which an instructor and student were taken to a hospital but were unharmed, according to a local TV station. (Associated Press)

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The Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator successfully engaged 90 mortars and several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles during tests over the past month, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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National Edition News cover for August 20, 2014 - Army stuck with favorite rifle after better alternative found: National Guard Sgt. Larry J. Isbell fires at targets with his M4A1 carbine rifle. The Army is looking to phase out the longstanding weapon, but the potential suppliers to do so, as well as the competition results, remain shrouded in secrecy. (Photo by Spc. Venessa Hernandez)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, speculated that the reason the Army returned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to active duty was so that it would be able to bring him up on a court martial. (Associated Press)

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Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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A Soldier assigned to the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) salutes as the casket of World War II Ace, Urban "Ben" Drew, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, passes by as he is laid to rest, in Arlington, VA., Thursday, December 19, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data. (Associated Press)