Reviews the Top Military Stories of 2018 and a Preview of What to Expect in 2019

2 January 2019

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. military saw an eventful year in 2018, from the announcement of a new military branch dedicated to space, to approval of the largest pay raise in years, to the less serious but much discussed scandals around pilots and inappropriate imagery in the sky.

"In past years, we've seen one or two issues emerge as the most impactful, but that's just not true with 2018. This year has been a roller coaster of policy changes, leadership changes, discipline issues, and major changes to veterans' services," said Amy Bushatz,'s Executive Editor.

The Top Military Stories of 2018 are:

  1. Troops to Get Largest Pay Raise in Years, Tricare Changes Start
  2. Army, Air Force Issue Major Uniform Changes
  3. 'Sky Penis' Scandals Rock Corps, Air Force
  4. VA Mission Act, Forever GI Bill Continue to Face Hurdles
  5. A Sixth Military Branch: Space Force
  6. Army Announces New Fitness Test, Standard
  7. Army Finds M4 Glitch, Moves Toward More Powerful Rounds
  8. Hurricanes Wallop Bases, Force Relocations
  9. Close Combat Lethality and Subterranean Warfare
  10. North Korea Confrontation Looms Again

Bonus: Mattis Resigns as SecDef amid Trump-Ordered Troop Pullouts

Bushatz said it's hard to pick just 10 stories each year but 2018 proved harder than most, particularly with late-breaking news coming at the end of December. "We had a lot of discussions internally on our team about what stories to include. This list reflects the themes and issues we felt best encapsulated the past year."

Bushatz said 2019 will have no shortage of headlines, "Who will be the next Secretary of Defense is certainly going to be the major story in early 2019. I also think more detail around the development of the Space Force will be in the news and any changes to pay, benefits and uniforms are always of interest to our readers," said Bushatz. "We are eager to see what 2019 will bring."

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