On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The backlog of retirement claims is continuing to shrink, after a slight jump earlier this year. June saw a 15 percent reduction in the backlog over May, with unprocessed applications falling to 12,391.
The chart below shows the Office of Personnel Management's progress on its effort to eliminate the backlog altogether. Click the chart to enlarge.
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