Sexual assault and harassment cases up significantly at military service academies despite prevention efforts, Pentagon survey finds

“This is a struggle. Is this a societal issue? Is this a military issue?” said Van Winkle “It doesn’t matter to us, we pull from society and we are responsible for changing them to align with our core values.”

Sexual assault and harassment cases up significantly at military service academies despite prevention efforts, Pentagon survey finds – ABC News



Sen. Martha McSally says she was raped by a senior officer while in Air Force

McSally, the nation’s first female fighter pilot to serve in combat, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that she was “preyed upon and raped by a superior officer.”

…McSally served in the Air Force for 26 years and mostly flew the A-10.

…”Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time. …I thought I was strong but felt powerless.”

…”I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled. I almost separated from the Air Force at 18 years of service over my despair. Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.”

Sen. Martha McSally says she was raped by a senior officer while in Air Force – ABC News


Her Title: Cryptologic Technician. Her Occupation: Warrior. – The New York Times

She was, in all but name, part of the military’s top-tier Special Operations forces. Officially a chief petty officer in the Navy, she actually worked closely with the nation’s most secretive intelligence outfit, the National Security Agency, to target leaders of the Islamic State.

…Chief Kent spoke a half-dozen Arabic dialects and four other languages. She was one of the first women to complete the rigorous course required for other troops to accompany Navy SEALs on raids. She could run a 3:30 marathon, do a dozen full-arm-hang pull-ups and march for miles with a 50-pound rucksack.

…Chief Kent developed skills that have become critical over the last two decades, including the immediate exploitation of documents, hard drives and other intelligence found during raids, and sophisticated methods of targeting that combined eavesdropping, human intelligence and relationship mapping.

…Chief Kent illustrates an unspoken truth: that for many years women have been doing military jobs as dangerous, secretive and specialized as anything men do.

She would sometimes muse that conversation — even with people who had top security clearances — would be simpler if she could just join a Special Operations unit.

…“Women have been on the front lines with special operators for 16 years,” said Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of a book about female troops working with elite forces in the combat zones of Afghanistan. “But because that community is unseen and so rarely talks about their work, it’s been hard to know how much women have done.”

…This week, the Navy modified its rules to make it easier for enlisted service members who wish to become officers to petition for medical waivers.

“The Navy fixed everything that kind of screwed Shannon,” Mr. Kent said.

Her Title: Cryptologic Technician. Her Occupation: Warrior. – The New York Times


Judge cites Ruth Bader Ginsburg, rules against men-only draft.

Nearly 23 years ago, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a landmark decision invalidating the Virginia Military Institute’s exclusion of women as a violation of equal protection. The ruling in United States v. Virginia compelled the United States’ last all-male public university to accept women, who quickly proved themselves to be worthy cadets. But as every adult man in the U.S. knows, sex discrimination in military service remains: Upon their 18th birthday, American men must register for the selective service, while women are exempt. How, almost 23 years after the VMI decision, can this flagrant inequality persist?

On Friday, a federal judge in Texas provided an answer: It can’t. In a brief but emphatic decision, U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller ruled that the Selective Service System may not constitutionally direct men to register as part of its draft requirements while excluding women. Miller’s decision closely tracks Ginsburg’s gradual development of the law toward ever-greater gender equality. While the outcome might seem startling, the logic is carefully anchored in precedent. It would be difficult if not impossible for the Supreme Court to reverse Miller’s ruling without simultaneously eroding decades of sex discrimination jurisprudence. Under any plausible interpretation of today’s equal protection principles, the men-only selective service has got to go.

Judge cites Ruth Bader Ginsburg, rules against men-only draft.


National Guard probing congressman’s criticism of governor over border troops

Wisconsin National Guard officials said Tuesday they’re looking into whether to punish an Illinois congressman who belongs to the Wisconsin detachment for criticizing Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to withdraw troops from the U.S. southern border.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He ripped Evers Monday on Twitter and on Fox News for ordering Wisconsin troops to pull out of Arizona.

Wisconsin statutes state that any commissioned officer who uses “contemptuous words against the president, the vice-president, members of congress, the secretary of defense, the secretary of a military department, the secretary of homeland security, or the governor or legislature of the state of Wisconsin shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Evers is a Democrat. His position as governor automatically makes him the commander-in-chief of the Wisconsin National Guard.

National Guard probing congressman’s criticism of governor over border troops

Psssst, Representative. There’s no freedom of speech in the military; you belong in the brig and if you don’t know that on some level you could be in for a rude awakening.

Troops do not view immigration as a ‘national emergency.’ Not even close.

What makes this group different than your typical illegal immigrant, Nunez-Neto said, is that they aren’t “trying to avoid detection,” and are in fact turning themselves over to officers at ports of entry to enter the asylum process.

…“If the people who have been arriving in increasing numbers are not trying to evade detection, I’m not sure a barrier will really address that flow.”

Troops do not view immigration as a ‘national emergency.’ Not even close.

Can’t see how a nation of immigrants taking in the poor huddle masses, especially refugees who are not trying to evade the law is a problem but it cannot be argued that the suggestion that a wall is a good way to stem the tide of people following the law and dutifully turning themselves in upon arrival at the border to have their refugee claim processed in accordance with United States law is anything but laughable.