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  •  not to excuse any delay that's happening (2+ / 0-)
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    reddbierd, jpmassar

    with this,

    they have taken the position that a year-long 'study' must be done before the military can be prepared to handle the consequences of doing so.

    but it does have some merit to it if done correctly.
    And the last thing that I want to do is sound condescending toward most of our brave soldiers, but the military does have a number of issues with appropriate sexual behaviors.  The number of sexual assaults/harassments toward female members are far too high.  Too much seems to be ignored and stymied.
    That being said, I think that every recriutee needs to have a basic course in a "what is acceptable behavior towards other service members."  This would instill proper attitudes of this matter in all service members.  And hopefully it will be enforced, and the military can clean up some of these places that is should not be proud of.
    But this policy can be developed and started without any delay to repealing DADT.  

    •  What the military leadership (4+ / 0-)

      lacks in dealing with sexual assault and harassment is resolve, not research.

    •  They do have those training courses... (2+ / 0-)
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      jpmassar, ardyess

      and they even have refresher courses.

      The fact that the DoD is more willing to prosecute sexual assault/harassment charges is actually increasing the reporting of these assaults. And to their credit the VA is catching up on women's issues with this administration.

      While I'm not defending sexual assault/harassment on any level, I would like to see comparisons by age groups between civilians and military.

      For example one of my "issues" has been military suicides for very personal reasons. While not all suicides are preventable, the DoD/VA was doing a piss poor job of prevention along with other issues. Despite the number of suicides in the military, they did not exceed the rate of suicides in comparative civilian age groups until last year.

      "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

      by deMemedeMedia on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 03:36:30 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry if a military suicide has (1+ / 0-)
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        affected you.
        I read just recently in Time (waiting in a Dr's office) and it seemed to indicate the females still don't feel as safe as they could in the military.  Could have just been my fast reading of this article that I got this impression.
        Anyway, there seems to be a number of areas of improvement that the military can undertake.  Suicides is a very important one as well.
        I personally would want to see the best environment for all of our service members, and that it be equal opportunity for all.

        •  I didn't mean to under estimate the Women's (1+ / 0-)
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          issues in the military. You are right that it is of concern. My comment was that there is increased awareness and progress. And to point out there is way too much of the same unacceptable behavior in the civilian world as well.

          I thought that comparative statistics would be of interest.

          Here is one hopeful sign [also Tammy Duckworth in the VA]:
          http://vetvoice.com/...

          I think that Women Vets have done much with their service and willingness to stand up to bring about change.

          "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

          by deMemedeMedia on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 05:00:43 PM PDT

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