The face of the American military is changing. Far fewer people serve in uniform today compared with a generation ago, and the percentage of Americans with military experience has fallen by more than half since 1980.
Meanwhile, the profile of those who serve is vastly different than it once was. Today's armed forces are more diverse and include more women, and the troops are older and better educated. They also face new challenges, both while they're in uniform and after they leave the service.
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We cover major policy issues at the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs, and we report on the family issues that service members and veterans experience in their daily lives. From the youngest military recruits to the veterans of World War II, we're reporting in-depth stories about Americans who serve.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Warrior-Scholar Project, a non-profit group that runs the camps at major universities around the U.S.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said its frontline health workers must get vaccinated by mid-September or they'll lose their jobs.
The Darkhorse Battalion, based at Camp Pendleton, is the Marine unit which suffered the highest percentage of casualties during the 20 year war.