An Army Combat Fitness Test instructor watches 229th Military Intelligence Battalion Soldiers attempt the new fitness test at the Presidio of Monterey, California. (U.S. Army/Marcus Fichtl)

Any excuses that soldiers have for not being able to prepare for the new Army Combat Fitness Test are growing slimmer and slimmer, as the service has released a revamped physical readiness training (PRT) mobile app.

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Not all heroes wear capes. (Facebook / Anytime Fitness)

When Ashley Seaman, the general manager of Anytime Fitness in Semmes, chooses a Member of the Month to feature on the fitness center's Facebook page, she looks for "someone who is showing a lot of progress and dedication," she says. Lloyd Black – who, at 91 years old, is the gym's oldest member – was an obvious choice for the first month of the new decade.

She knew he'd be an inspiration to others, but she didn't predict how people would react to seeing a photo of the white-haired, sweet-faced fellow posing for a photo in his usual workout attire: denim overalls. Her post has been shared some 2,500 times, with hundreds of comments from those who recognize the former principal who retired 30 years ago from Mary G. Montgomery High School.

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Airmen standby as Col. Rudolph Cachuela, Pacific Air Forces Command Surgeon, and Chief Master Sgt. Yvonne Shaw, Pacific Air Forces Medical Enlisted Force Chief, commend 374th Medical Logistics personnel on the meticulous organization of their warehouse at Yokota AB, Japan, July 23, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

An Air Force medial group based at Japan's Yokota Air Force Base has issued a warning to U.S. military personnel regarding the spread of a deadly coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

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Staff Sgt. Zachary Casey helps unload the plastic crates containing the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) equipment onto the USPFO warehouse floor. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane)

The first Army unit has received the equipment it needs to face the new Army Combat Fitness Test.

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An E-2C Hawkeye, attached to the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, performs a fly-by for family and friends of crew members during an air power demonstration held by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during a three-day Tiger Cruise on December 16, 2007. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class George R. Kusner)

WASHINGTON — On night missions in the 1980s, when the beam from the E-2 Hawkeye's radar swept over the cockpit, pilots could generate electrical arcs by holding the metal base of their flashlights close to the metal paneling around them.

The arcs "would kind of light up the cockpit at night every time the radar went by," said retired Hawkeye pilot Navy Capt. Ralph Ricardo.

The Hawkeye is an early warning aircraft that is highly recognizable by the large dome-shaped radar on top of the plane. It is used to protect aircraft carriers, detect enemy aircraft or missiles, and act as an airborne command station for the Navy's fighter jets.

In flight, the Hawkeye's dome would complete a full rotation and the beam would sweep above the cockpit about every 10 seconds.

Some pilots at that time wondered what the radar was doing to them when swept past, if it could create such electrical arcs.

"Then, about halfway through my tour, all the sudden they decided to put the gold coating on all of the windows and the escape hatches," Ricardo said. After that, the pilots couldn't create the same electrical arcs, he said.

"It was obviously to keep the radar out of the cockpit," Ricardo said. "I thought … I've been flying for years without it, what's been happening to me in the meantime?"

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A 9-year-old advocate named Evan journeyed across New York City while launching a campaign challenging President Trump to go vegan for a month for a reward of giving $1 million to veterans. (Facebook / Million Dollar Vegan)

President Trump's penchant for making deals is legendary, and now a 9-year-old is playing him at his own game.

Evan, a boy who is passionate about animal rights and eats only vegan himself, has challenged the President to do the same for the month of January – in return for $1 million donated to veterans.

"President Trump: I'm Evan, president of Animal Hero Kids, and I'd like to make you an offer," he says in a video posted by a nonprofit, Million Dollar Vegan, the organization that would donate the money. "We will give $1 million to the veterans if you go vegan for January."

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