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THE TOPLINE: The U.S. military’s top general had a message for graduating ROTC cadets at Howard University on Wednesday: They will be a major part of institutional changes dealing with race in the military.

“It is your generation that can and will bring the joint force to be truly inclusive of all people,” Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyOvernight Defense: Top general drops objection to major change in prosecuting military sexual assault | Supreme Court declines to take up case from former West Point cadet | Pentagon says ‘small’ attacks not affecting Afghanistan withdrawal Biden to give Coast Guard Academy commencement speech Milley drops objection to change in military’s sexual assault policy MORE, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of…

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