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A former Navy master chief petty officer was sentenced Dec. 11 to four years in prison for stealing nearly $40 million in fuel from the U.S. Army in Iraq, according to the Department of Justice.

Stars & Stripes reports.  One suspects he might of received a higher sentence if prosecuted at court-martial under the UCMJ, as a retiree recall.

A wide-ranging Department of Defense survey revealed the rate of servicemembers attempting suicide has doubled in recent years, coinciding with an increase in those reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and those abusing prescription drugs.

Stars & Stripes reports.  These issues seem to come up much more frequently in court-martial cases.