Image description: Tech. Sgt. John Mascolo and his military working dog, Ajax, wait for a helicopter pickup outside of Iraq in 2006. Ajax is wearing “doggles” to prevent sand and debris from getting in his eyes.
Photo by Pfc. William Servinski II, U.S. Army
We recently posted that men between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service System. The Selective Service System is only used in the event of a crisis requiring a draft and men are required to register by law.
A few people on Facebook and Twitter asked why women don’t have to register too. The answer is because the law specifies “male persons.” In order to include women, Congress would have to change the law.
Learn more about women and Selective Service registration.
If you want to contact Congress about this issue, find your representatives in the House and Senate.
Image description: Sailors clean the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington while on patrol in the Philippine Sea.
Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David A. Cox
Image description: U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program rifle shooter Sgt. Vincent Hancock became the first shotgun shooter to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in men’s skeet. Photo from the Department of Defense.
Sixteen members of the United States Military are members of the 2012 U.S.A. Olympic team this summer in London. The Army, Marine Corps and Navy all have members who have qualified for different events, such as wrestling, fencing, the men’s 50m rifle prone and more.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft is the only woman representing the U.S. Military in the 2012 Olympics. She competed in the women’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol events.
Army Olympian Staff Sgt. John Nunn taught Americans how to race walk on NBC’s “Today” show. Nunn and his Olympic teammate, Maria Michta, spent an afternoon teaching the program’s cast members. After some practice, NBC broadcasters Al Roker, Matt Lauer and Ryan Seacrest joined Nunn for a lap around the track.
Learn about the accomplishments of all the 2012 U.S. Military Olympians.
Twenty-three states have passed laws that allow military spouses to easily transfer professional licenses when moving from one state to another. Another six states are considering legislation in 2012.
These laws affects dozens of professions, such as teachers, nurses, speech pathologists, dental hygienists, physical therapists, counselors, and so many more.
Learn more and see if your state has passed a military spouse license portability law.