Garden State servicemembers can now wear their military dress uniforms to their high school graduations, thanks to a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie.
While most troops graduate high school before heading off to join the military, some will graduate from their service's boot camps before their alma mater holds an official graduation ceremony. Many school districts have strict guidelines for what graduating students can -- and can't -- wear during ceremonies.
Military uniforms often don't make the cut.
Other states have tackled this rare, but potentially politically tricky issue, by passing legislation similar to the newly-signed New Jersey bill. "Bradon's Law," is one such bill, signed into law by New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan last year.
That bill was named for Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. A year before being killed in action, Garabrant fought to wear his dress blues to his graduation ceremony from ConVal Regional High School, the Keene Sentinel reported at the time.
The New Jersey bill was among a flurry of other military-related bills Christie signed off on this week, including one that provides a tax credit to caregivers of disabled post-9/11 veterans.
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."