US military muscle
A first-year midshipman, or plebe, is splashed with mud while participating in Sea Trials at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on May 2012. Sea Trials, modeled after the Marine Corps' Crucible and the Navy's Battle Stations recruit programs, is an annual capstone event for fourth-class midshipmen and serves as a leadership challenge for upper-class midshipmen, who lead each activity during the exercise.
The F-22 raptor aircraft
A US Air Force Stealth fighter F-22 Raptor takes off from Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, Aug. 14, 2012. A group of F-22s arrived in Okinawa in late July, their first deployment overseas after the easing of flight restrictions imposed in mid-May because pilots reported dizziness and other symptoms of hypoxia.
On base in Kandahar
US Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Roach, 16th MPAD, from El Paso, Texas, gets his hair cut in a barber shop in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Oct. 19.