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Past articles by Matthew:

How the Army's futuristic new goggles are changing the mechanics of shooting, according to soldiers

After testing out the latest version of the Army's smart-soldier goggles, infantrymen from the 82nd Airborne Division say combat marksmanship definitely changes when wearing the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) → Read More

Soldiers are about to get their hands on some improved next-generation squad weapons for testing

Textron Systems is preparing to deliver a new batch of Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) prototypes to the Army, featuring improvements from recent soldier testing. → Read More

The 'deadliest' Marine on Parris Island reveals the secrets to his record-setting shooting

Marine Pfc. Austin Farrell made headlines when he earned the title of deadliest shot at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, but the 21-year-old who grew up shooting in Culpepper, Virginia was actually hoping to shoot better than his record-breaking rifle qualification score → Read More

The Army is investigating a TikTok of a soldier pointing a loaded pistol at his friend

"Military service is a sacred profession, and this horrific video does not represent our values." → Read More

The Sergeant Major of the Army is declaring war on your DFAC deep fryer

The sergeant major of the Army said Thursday that eating right may be more important for soldier fitness than the new Army Combat Fitness Test. But don't look for him to ban Burger King franchises on base. → Read More

The Army won't ban Confederate flag displays without the Pentagon's approval

U.S. Army leaders on Thursday announced an effort to reduce racial bias and foster inclusion in the ranks but will not ban the display of the Confederate flag without Pentagon approval → Read More

National Guard soldier killed in shootout while assisting fellow law enforcement officers

North Dakota National Guard 1st Lt. Cody Holte was serving as a Grand Forks Police officer when he was killed Wednesday responding to fellow law enforcement officers in a police-related shootout. → Read More

The Army is mobilizing Reserve medical specialists to aid city hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19

The U.S. Army has mobilized 1,275 Reserve medical specialists to reinforce civilian hospitals in areas of the country that are struggling to handle novel coronavirus cases → Read More

The Marine Corps is eyeing a version of the Army’s Next-Gen Squad Weapon

A Marine Corps official told lawmakers that the service is interested in the Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon as a potential option for ground-combat units. → Read More

The Marine Corps is eyeing a new artillery round that can successfully hit moving targets

Raytheon Co. just announced that its new laser-guided Excalibur S 155mm artillery round scored direct hits on a moving target in a secret, live-fire test for the Marine Corps last spring → Read More

The Expert Soldier Badge test is an unforgiving wake-up call for non-infantry troops

Out of 95 soldiers who began Expert Soldier Badge, or ESB, testing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia on Sunday, only three remain in the running to earn the Army's newest skill badge → Read More

Marines are testing a non-lethal mortar round for crowd control

The Marine Corps Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate is currently testing an 81mm mortar round that delivers a shower of flashbang grenades to disperse troublemakers → Read More

Behold the Navy's new Hellfire-laden robot mine-hunter

Textron Systems is working with the Navy to turn a mine-sweeping unmanned surface vessel designed to work with Littoral Combat Ships into a mine-hunting craft armed with Hellfire missiles and a .50-caliber machine gun. → Read More

The Air Force wants to develop heated boots to help downed pilots survive in extreme cold

The U.S. Air Force has selected two companies to make an extreme cold-weather boot for pilots as part of a long-term effort to better protect aviators from frostbite in emergencies. → Read More

Marine grunts are testing high-tech glasses that give an F-35-like view of the battlefield

Marine infantrymen may soon be able to see through the floor of an MV-22 Osprey and track terrain features as they approach their attack objective. → Read More

The Army just took a major step towards its next-generation M4 carbine and M249 SAW replacement

The U.S. Army has selected three firms to advance to the next phase of testing to select the service's Next Generation Squad Weapon → Read More

Soldiers will get their hands on the Army's new 7.62mm squad marksman rifle as early as next year

Heckler & Koch will deliver "between 5,000 and 6,000" variants of the G28 rifle, which the Army adopted as its M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System and plans to issue as its new squad designated marksman rifle → Read More

You can now score your very own US military tactical vehicle

An online auction house is about to start selling U.S. Navy and Marine Corps surplus M1161 ITV Growlers and seven-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks. → Read More

The 7.62mm high-capacity drum magazine you never knew you needed is finally here

Magpul Industries Corp. has introduced a new 7.62mm version of its high-capacity polymer drum magazine → Read More

The Army is finally testing new combat boots. Here's what they look like

U.S. Army footwear experts have begun field-testing a handful of new combat boot designs after thousands of soldiers responded to a survey that they would rather buy their own than wear service-issued boots → Read More