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President Trump walking from the White House to St. John's Church on June 1. Gen. Mark Milley (far right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was among those walking behind the president. Milley says his presence was "a mistake" that he has learned from, but the incident has prompted discussions about how the military can maintain nonpartisanship within the Trump administration. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, seen last year, is one of the shipyards getting an influx of reservists to handle a work backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Trump Confirms He Plans To Move Some Troops Out Of Germany

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Then U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates walks from an Osprey aircraft after landing at Forward Operating Base Dwyer on June 5, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Gen. Mark Milley Apologizes For Appearing In A Photo-Op With President Trump

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Top General Apologizes For Role In Trump's Photo During Protests

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U.S. Army Will Not Be Changing The Names Of Army Bases Named For Confederates

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A sign at Fort Bragg, N.C., one of the army bases named after a Confederate leader. As the nation erupts in protests over police treatment of African Americans, these base names are coming under scrutiny — again. Chris Seward/AP hide caption

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Former Military Leaders Criticize Trump's Actions With Protesters

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Defense Secretary Comments On George Floyd's Death

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Trump Threatens To Send U.S. Military To States To End Violent Protests

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Gen. Jim McConville, the Army chief of staff, visiting Fort Irwin in California's Mojave Desert. The Army is working to get back to large-scale training after a three-month hiatus due to concerns about the coronavirus. Tom Bowman/NPR hide caption

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As America Socially Distances, The Army 'Tactically Disperses'

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Sergeant First Class Nathan Anslow runs the Inglewood Army recruiting station in Los Angeles. Tom Bowman/NPR hide caption

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Army Scales Back In-Person Recruiting, Deploys Virus Testing Before Basic Training

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The Military Ban On COVID-19 Patients Enlisting Is Yet To Become A Policy

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The U.S. Military Continues Operations Worldwide Despite The Pandemic

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