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  •  Go Google "Tailhook." (21+ / 0-)

    The "Throw the women to the victorious warriors" free for all that happened decades ago. Where female military personnel--most of them officers-- of all services were treated like the spoils of war, instead of fellow soldiers, sailors and airmen. I don't think anyone ever got penalized for what happened.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 02:11:14 PM PST

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    •  WRONG about tailhook not causing penalties. I (0+ / 0-)

      took your advice and goggled " Tailhook punishment".
      I got the following:

      "  ..... As time went on, however, the fallout from Tailhook '91 continued. Ultimately the careers of fourteen admirals and almost 300 naval aviators were scuttled or damaged by Tailhook. For example Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett III and CNO Admiral Frank Kelso were both at Tailhook '91. Garrett ultimately resigned and Kelso retired early two years after the convention.
      A Navy-wide policy was implemented in which any officer who came up for promotion had to sign a paper asking if he or anyone in his command had been at Tailhook '91. If the answer was 'yes' the candidate's promotion was set aside for special evaluation."

      Sounds like plenty of officers get penalized.  Did you want beheadings? Castration?  Most importantly - WHERE did you serve?  Or are you a critic who hides behind his/her internet and never puts ass on line for country?

      •  I put my ass on the line for my country (10+ / 0-)

        for six years, and I don't think what you quoted was necessarily just punishment.  Forced early retirement at Admiral's pay is not necessarily punishment.  Being put aside for special evaluation for promotion isn't exactly giving these women their dignity back, or erasing the painful memories of sexual assault.  There should have been court martials and bad conduct discharges with jail-time for those involved. Article 15s for those who didn't report the incidents.  

        Criticizing the military leadership isn't tantamount to not supporting the troops or veterans, and someone having not served doesn't exclude their opinion from the conversation.

      •  The careers of these people were not (1+ / 0-)
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        damaged by Tailhook.

        Their careers were damaged by their own actions or lack thereof.

        Tailhook did not scuttle or damage anybody.

        14 Admirals?! 300 others?! They did it to themselves because they treated women as less, as spoils, as their right to use because they are big heroes.

      •  Jail. (2+ / 0-)
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        RightHeaded, BusyinCA

        That is what would have been done to civilians

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