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  •  The overturning of court martial (12+ / 0-)

    with stroke of the pen appears to be part of the problem (angelajean wrote about here, which you might have seen already). Horace Boothroyd III's suggestion previously that more women in senior ranks would help brought out a comment that a woman officer also overturned a male counterpart's conviction on sexual assault as well (I'll try to find reference to that). More women in senior ranks probably would still help; however, their fractional percentage in those ranks probably doesn't result in as much leading by conscience as would something closer to parity, which tends to inspire in individuals the ability to speak (and act more on) what they truly believe. I guess that's more my opinion than statistical fact. I believe real punishment for every instance of assault, as though it is the crime that it is, will start to affect behavior. When I was in Korea, there was a rash of thefts in the barracks when we'd go out in the field. We knew it was being done by other soldier(s) who stayed behind, and it was coordinated. Our First Sergeant called the troop together extra early for formation and said he would not tolerate it any more (he also said something like "if someone gets caught in the act of doing it, I don't want to see the man, I want to see his hands on my desk"). I don't advocate this approach (that is, caught in the act and having the offending member's "member" appearing on the CO's or NCOIC's desk); however, the thefts mysteriously stopped. The 1st SGT was serious. Leadership has to be serious, treat sexual assault as crime (a most heinous one, which it is), and follow through on harshest punishment.  

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:00:57 AM PDT

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    •  there has always been an "informal" avenue (9+ / 0-)

      to punish miscreants in the ranks, including forcing some people to bathe after they refused to bathe for a couple of months to protest their assignments.

      However this is among the ranks.  There is still the perception that officers are privileged (esp. academy grads who have each other's back) dating back to when officers would buy, sell and transfer commissions.  This system still operates in many cases where personal interests or friendships over rule the Military Code of Conduct.  Basically it works out the higher the rank, the more invulnerable the individual is.  I had a relative point out to me that in the Navy, it was more egregious for a captain to run his ship aground or to hit a pier while docking than it was for him to be a serial murderer or a serial rapist.  

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