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‘Army facing deep cuts to its top brass’ report by Camilla Turner, The UK Telegraph (Expat)

June 28, 2017

The Command Review within the army, to be implemented by April, calls for a change to the top-heavy imbalance in the armed forces. As part of a drive for a ‘more agile, imaginative and effective’ army, the number of army chiefs will be reduced by up to a third. The plans are designed to ensure that the army, which is shrinking to 82,000 from 102,000 five years ago, will become more streamlined, like its United States counterpart. 

The 500,000 strong US army has about 310 officers ranked brigadier-general and above. Gen Sir Nicholas Carter, head of the army, aims to make the force more professional and reduce bureaucracy. He wishes to curtail the rise of ‘yes man’ who are rewarded for confirming rather than daring to tell their military and political masters uncomfortable truths. He also sees the culture of loyalty to regiments before the wider force as detrimental. Britain’s 500 colonels and 200 brigadiers and generals are likely to be cut.

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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel

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May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)

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A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy

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May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.

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Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership

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May 14, 2019

May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.

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