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Military Minute - November 16th

100 Hour Work Weeks, Thanksgiving at JBLM, Navy Boot Camp, and Football

Military Minute - November 16th
On today's episode of the Military Minute, Senator John McCain talks about limiting hours for the military, Navy recruits need to show up to boot camp in "good" shape, we get an armed forces football update, and JBLM prepares for its Thanksgiving feast.




Navy recruits will have to pass a run test prior to boot camp starting in January

"The Navy has never required prospective recruits to demonstrate much in the way of Forrest Gump-ian running talent prior to reporting to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, but changes are on the horizon.

Navy officials announced today that, starting Jan. 1, 2018, the service will implement an initial run test that all recruits will have to pass in order to begin recruit training.

A mile and a half will have to be covered, for men, in under 16 minutes and 10 seconds, and under 18 minutes and 7 seconds for women, the Navy said.

After passing the test, eligible recruits will be grouped according to fitness abilities and will begin working toward the standards of the Navy’s physical fitness assessment." 

McCain: Military personnel's 100-hour work weeks must stop

"Senators made it clear to Defense Department nominees at a nomination hearing Tuesday that they expect action to address problems with military personnel readiness.

“I look you in the eye and tell you a 100-hour work week is too long for a young member of our armed forces,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “They are working 100-hour weeks. It has to stop. Otherwise you’ll see more tragedies such as took place with recent collisions.”

McCain described it as a “military readiness crisis” that has affected every branch of service, with ship collisions, air crashes, vehicle accidents and personnel shortages in critical roles like aviation and cybersecurity." 

Football Update

Army finishes the season unbeaten at home after taking down Duke, 21-16. They’ve won 6 in a row and are 8-2 on the year, with a chance to match the school record for victories in a season. Navy knocked off SMU 43-40 on the back of quarterback Malcolm Perry’s 282 rushing yards. Air Force has lost 2 in a row and plays a Boise State team in Idaho that leads the Mountain West Conference.

Thanksgiving at JBLM

Bring your friends and family to the Club at McChord Field’s popular annual Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday, Nov. 23. The cost is $27.95 for ages 13 and older, $13.95 for children ages 4–12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Club members receive a $2 discount per meal. 

Seating is at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are required; call the Club at 253-982-5581. 


  • Carved baron of beef with horseradish sauce and au jus
  • Carved turkey breast with gravy and cranberry-orange chutney
  • Glazed ham
  • Red-skin garlic mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Traditional Thanksgiving stuffing
  • Sautéed asparagus tossed in lemon-garlic butter
  • Mix of vegetables
  • Chilled shrimp display with cocktail sauce and lemon
  • Colorful fresh fruit display
  • Smoked salmon with herbed cream cheese and bagels
  • Caesar salad
  • Spinach salad with Bourbon candied walnuts, dried cranberries and blue cheese
  • Variety of bread rolls and croissants
  • Pumpkin & pecan pies
  • Assortment of cakes and cheesecakes
  • Apple-peach cobbler
  • Fruit punch, iced tea, fountain drinks, coffee and tea