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  •  what people forget is there are two reporting... (1+ / 0-)
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    systems for sexual harassment: Formal and Informal.

    The formal system is reported to the Chain of Command, gets investigated by CID and the Commander with reporting up the chain.  A formal complaint opens the victim to aid and counseling, but IF they are making a false claim the victim can face major punishment if it is found to be false.

    The informal system is not reported up the chain, gets dealt with at the company level, and any information gathered might not ever leave the company office or BN's SHARP.

    Many times I read in the paper about the sexual assaults that the military did not follow up on were informal systems where the victim refused to make a formal complaint or even name their assaulter.  Then, later they get all upset no one did anything.

    What this article misses is how should the military fix the problem of sexual harassment if training on how to report it, fight it, and stop it is not the answer?

    In the military much of what would be dealt with by lawyers, police and a court system is the responsibility of the Company Commander.  A person who not only deals with the military justice aspect of life but the training, mission, supply, organization, feeding, housing, maintenance, distribution, and health of everyone in the company. The CO normally is in charge of about as many people as a Wal-Mart Super Store manager (120 to 210) but with all aspects of life.

    Can you picture the Wal-Mart manager having to make sure the employees have food, housing, health care, training, working transportation, do their jobs, meet higher level managers directions, and handle all procedure violations and criminal law questions?

    That Company Commanders are able to do so well speaks great things about the people who serve the nation.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:51:55 PM PDT

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    •  Excellent Analysis (0+ / 0-)

      As usual, NCOs lead the way.

      I find it frustrating to read about how terrible the military is and how broken our justice system is from people who have never spent a day in uniform.  heck, most dont even personally know anyone.  Considering less than 1% of the nation serves, its not surprising.  The Constitution gives two people the power to restrict the liberty of a citizen - a judge and a military commander.  Until you have been one of those people you should limit your criticism of either.

      Your comparison to a Wal Mart manager is especially apt - not only does the Wal Mart manager not know if his employees are eating well or living in adequate quarters, the low wages Wal Mart pays ensures many can only survive with government assistance.  He never gets a call at 2 AM because a stock boy got in trouble at a bar.  Never has to teach financial management to a teenager.  And of course he never has to decide punishment for anything.  Unlike that Wal Mart manager commanders and NCOs dont just wash their hands once punishment has been given.  The same NCOs who recommend punishment are expected to rehabilitate the offenders and make them productive again.  There simply is no comparison in the civilian world.


      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:26:14 PM PDT

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      •  And most WM managers are not 28 years old (0+ / 0-)

        People don't realize how young Captains are.  

        I had one that was 26 when he took command. The average is 28 to 30.

        Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

        by DrillSgtK on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:10:24 AM PDT

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