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A soldier pauses to gaze heavenward during a mass re-enlistment ceremony Friday at Camp Victory in Baghdad, where 1,215 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines saluted Independence Day by extending their active-duty service in the U.S. armed forces.

    Victims of sex assaults in military are mostly men

    More military men than women are sexually abused in the ranks each year, a Pentagon survey shows, highlighting the underreporting of male-on-male assaults.

  • **FILE** The Pentagon, across the Potomac River from Washington, is seen in this aerial view in March 2008. (Associated Press)

    False reports outpace sex assaults in the military

    False complaints of sexual abuse in the military are rising at a faster rate than overall reports of sexual assault, a trend that could harm combat readiness, analysts say.

  • ** FILE ** In this Sept. 18, 2012, file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

    Few women will qualify for land combat: report

    A new report to Congress predicts that relatively few women will be able to perform land combat tasks on the same level as men, and it says the Pentagon's pledge to maintain "gender-neutral" physical standards has a loophole.

  • **FILE** Navy Lt. Gary Ross (right) and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows early on Sept. 20, 2011, in Duxbury, Vt., at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson (center) officiated. (Associated Press)

    Same-sex benefits a powder keg in Pentagon

    The Obama administration is withholding medical and other benefits from same-sex spouses of military members, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he can no longer defend the law that authorizes the practice.

  • Gingrich tough on women, gays in military

    Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich is siding with social conservatives on how the U.S. armed forces should treat gays and women, according to a survey released Monday.

  • ** FILE ** Standing together on April 16, 2010, after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence to protest for gay rights are (from left) Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Lt. Dan Choi, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, Cadet Mara Boyd and Petty Officer Larry Whitt. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    USDA gay-sensitivity training seeks larger audience

    U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training government-wide, including a discussion that compares "heterosexism" — believing marriage can only can be between one man and one woman — to racism.

  • **FILE** In this March 26, 2007 photo, Andrew Chapin of New York City takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington supporting legislative efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay soldiers. (Associated Press)

    Survey counters backing of gays in military

    A group opposed to ending the ban on openly gay troops in the military has released a national survey that challenges earlier independent polls asserting that a wide percentage of Americans favor repealing the ban.

  • Democrat wants to end military ban on gays

    A ranking California Democrat is leading the movement to repeal the policy banning homosexuals in the military.

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