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The military was set up in such way that protocol is always the leading principle to follow. This yardstick that makes the U.S. military so special and well established is applied in every aspect of soldiers’ lives, even when it comes to commenting on Presidents.

Therefore, when it just so happens that someone does remark a certain topic, the country is a little taken aback by it.

However, we need to realize just how serious this could be, especially because we have a general speaking up against former President Barack Obama, saying he was always good at giving terrorists a psychological boost.

U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson spoke on the Obama issue Monday, explaining Obama’s main goal was to convince jihadists that the U.S. army was not willing to fight, thus adding fuel to the fire.

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A federal court on Monday issued a clarification that the U.S. military must take transgender service members by January 1, after partially blocking President Trump’s transgender policy in an earlier ruling.

Last month, a judge on the U.S. District Court ruled that the president’s order to ban new transgender recruits from joining the military — as well as potentially expelling current members — cannot be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that her injunction means that the military must continue to follow the policies established by former President Barack Obama‘s “June 30, 2016 Directive-type Memorandum,” which allowed transgender individuals to enlist beginning on January 1.

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The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with “The Nutcracker Suite” theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The White House officially began the 2017 holiday season Monday morning as first lady Melania Trump unveiled Christmas, Hanukkah and other seasonal decorations throughout the house.

Trump chose to honor the White House’s 200-year-old tradition of celebrating the winter holidays, and this year’s theme is called “Time-Honored Traditions.” White House Christmas parties date back to 1800 when President John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, hosted the first soiree.

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The USS Fitzgerald is seen on a U.S. lift transport vessel off Yokosuka,Japan, on Saturday. Japan News-Yomiuri

The USS Fitzgerald, a U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyer that was damaged when it collided with another vessel in June, was placed on a lift transport vessel Saturday off Yokosuka naval base as preparation to return to the United States for full-scale repairs.

The 8,315-ton destroyer had received urgent repairs at the base in Yokosuka.

After being fixed onto the transport vessel, the destroyer will be taken to the United States a few days later to receive full-scale repairs at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

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When your on a ship like the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the ocean is your own private swimming pool.

The series of incredible photos below shows members of the armed forces enjoying the great down-time tradition of “swim call.”

Basically “swim call” is when a massive ship stops in the middle of the ocean and lets the sailors and Marines jump in the water to help maintain morale.

In years past some sailors were placed on “shark watch” from a mounted .50 cal machine gun during swim call.

There’s also a SAR swimmer on call acting as a lifeguard.

The gallery below shows sailors and Marines jumping off destroyers and and carriers deployed around the world.

Have you ever been on swim call?

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A Sukhoi Su-30 fighter in July 2017.  (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin, File)

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet buzzed a Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the Black Sea while conducting a routine patrol in international airspace Saturday, an official told Fox News.

The Russian jet crossed 50 feet in front of the Navy P-8 in full afterburner causing “violent turbulence,” the official said. The provocation lasted 24 minutes.

It appears to be first known incident of this type since June, when an armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet “rapidly,” coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft, officials said.

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The crow’s nest of USCG Duane as seen beneath the waters off Key Largo, Florida in March 2007

Robert William Goehring (no relation to the infamous Nazi, Hermann Goehring) was born on February 12, 1917, in Somerville, New Jersey. He spent a good portion of his high school years training to be a cadet. Upon graduating in 1935, he made a beeline to the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and signed up on August 5.

The promotions came quickly. Lieutenant (junior grade) in 1941, Lieutenant in 1942, and Commander in 1943.

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A family in Cape Cod is feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving – after a police officer 140 miles away from their home saved their baby’s life.

Sloan St. James was 4-months-old when her parents, Sarah and Chris, noticed something wasn’t quite right.

“We started to notice her jaundice wasn’t going away,” Sarah St. James said. “And she started to develop a bigger belly. We called it her little Buddha belly.”

After a trip to Boston Children’s Hospital, Sloan was diagnosed with stage four liver failure – and needed an immediate transplant.

Enter Lt. Steven Tenney, an officer in Keene, New Hampshire.

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The ARA San Juan has been missing since 15 November

Some 44 people are on board the sub and the search is in a “critical phase” as the crew’s oxygen supply could be running low.

The US says an object its navy detected near to where an Argentinian submarine sent its last signal is not the missing vessel.

A P-8A Poseidon plane made the discovery but analysis later ruled the object out as being the ARA San Juan, said the American embassy.

Some 44 people are on board the missing sub and the search is in a “critical phase” as the crew’s oxygen supply could be running low.

Dozens of planes and boats are searching for the ARA San Juan, which has been missing in the South Atlantic since 15 November.

But the submarine has only seven days of oxygen and, if it has sunk or been unable to surface since it was last heard from, then it could be using the last of its supply.

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Master-at-Arms 1st Class Cathy Garcia sprays pepper spray into the eyes of Electronics Technician 3rd Marie Matlock.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Wiskow)

U.S. Navy sailors will no longer have to relive the painful pepper spray experience every three years.

The Navy announced Tuesday sailors will only have to get pepper sprayed in the eyes once, instead of the every three-year requirement that had been in place, after it received complaints about the agonizing training.

“One and done! Effective immediately we are ELIMINATING the 3-year recertification requirement for pepper spray as part of our force protection training,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson wrote in a Facebook post with a video.

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