The problem regarding sexual assault in the U.S. military is an issue that needs to be taken full-on. And the slap on the wrist given to Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair today (a military commander who was on trial for the sexual assault of one of his subordinates) shows why.
Now Brig. Gen. Sinclair’s prosecution had a lot of wholes in it, as reported in the following linked report from the NYT. But allowing him to pay a fine and get-off with his pension proves that something is wrong in the Army and the other armed forces.
A good article in The Guardian about the first four female graduates of Marine infantry school who are still held back regarding combat roles.
Gender-based discrimination still exists in the Armed Forces.
Good article in the NYT reporting that Def. Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in front-line combat. And the amazing thing is it’s being supported by the leaders of the four major divisions of the armed forces.
It’s about time the U.S. caught up to the rest of the world.
This editorial from Thomas E. Ricks, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and the author of “The Generals: American Military Command From World War II to Today,” forthcoming in October, states an opinion that I totally agree with: bring back the draft.
I believe every 18 year old should spend 2 years in the military before attending college or beginning a life outside of school. This is what many, many smaller countries in the world do.
As Mr. Ricks states, it would avoid unnecessary wars and everyone would think twice about national aggression if their son/daughter were on a plane to the next war zone.