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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this April 28, 1967 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is escorted from the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston by Lt. Col. J. Edwin McKee, commandant of the station, after Ali refused Army induction. Ali says he was a conscientious objector who would not serve in the Army of a country that treated members of his race as second-class citizens. (AP Photo)

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Hands-on experience: Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, who has fought in Afghanistan and was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery for action in Iraq, says of the Army's standard-issue M4 carbine, "The reliability is not there."

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Hands-on experience: Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, who has fought in Afghanistan and was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery for action in Iraq, says of the Army's standard-issue M4 carbine, "The reliability is not there."

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Hands-on experience: Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, who has fought in Afghanistan and was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery for action in Iraq, says of the Army's standard-issue M4 carbine, "The reliability is not there."

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FILE - In this March 23, 2009, file photo, Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, Commander, United States Africa Command, speaks with The Associated Press during an interview at the Pentagon. The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of bad conduct or crimes has soared in the last several years, as the military comes out of a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than character. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the number of officers who left the Army due to misconduct tripled in the last three years. And the number of enlisted soldiers forced out for drug, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct shot up from about 5,600 in 2007 as the Iraq war peaked, to more than 11,000 last year. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)