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Why we need to talk about sexual violence in the military Featured Human Rights 

Why we need to talk about sexual violence in the military

United Kingdom (Conversation) – The BBC’s Panorama recently reported on a series of cover-ups regarding historical sex abuse in Britain’s Cadet Forces. The abuse involved was shocking, but consistent with the unfolding national scandal. Paedophiles have been exposed in politics, the clergy, football coaching and the BBC – why should we expect the military to be any different? But there is a broader issue that isn’t being widely talked about. And that is sexual violence and harassment against both male and female personnel within the ranks of the adult military. This is despite the Deepcut scandal involving the deaths Read More

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‘Marines United’: Two Marines Punished in Nude Photo Scandal, Investigation Continues Featured Scandal 

‘Marines United’: Two Marines Punished in Nude Photo Scandal, Investigation Continues

World (SPUTNIK) – Following an inquiry by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into a members-only Facebook page containing links to thousands of illicit photographs of naked service members, two Marines have received punishment, while the investigation continues. According to reports, two Marines with the 2nd Battalion, stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, received a demotion in the form of less pay, and were given 45 days of punitive duty, under the acts of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Over the past several months, prior to when the news broke, some 30,000 Marines were participants in a members-only Facebook page that, among other infractions, provided a link to a server containing thousands of compromising images of mostly Read More

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US Passes Bill to Protect Military Rape Survivors Women 

US Passes Bill to Protect Military Rape Survivors

US Congress has passed a bill that offers better protection for US military rape survivors, both during and after their service.

Human Rights Watch has released two reports on the plight of people raped or otherwise sexually abused while in service, the retaliation they face if they report such crimes, and how many end up being wrongfully discharged from the military. More than a dozen of our recommendations from these reports were included in the final draft of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including new whistleblower protections, a requirement that sexual assault survivors get a medical exam to check for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before being involuntarily discharged from the military, and a number of improvements to the functioning of the Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMR).

Thousands of US service members are sexually assaulted every year. Paradoxically, these survivors are 12 times more likely to suffer retaliation from their military peers than their attackers are to be convicted of a sex offense. But the problem doesn’t end during service. Many survivors were forced out of the military for having a “Personality Disorder” – a diagnosis that has symptoms similar to PTSD – making it difficult for them to access benefits to which veterans are entitled. The only way to correct these wrongful discharges is through the BCMR, which rarely overturns these decisions.

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Overweight and High? US Military May Ease Recruiting Rules to Lure New Recruits Featured 

Overweight and High? US Military May Ease Recruiting Rules to Lure New Recruits

The Pentagon may be easing up on rules and requirements for military recruits — possibly allowing single parents, marijuana users, and people who are overweight.

Speaking on Tuesday at City College of New York, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter discussed the “challenges of recruitment in a nation that is fatter, increasingly at ease with smoking marijuana, and producing more single-parent homes,” the Washington Times reports.

“We’re going to review and update these standards as appropriate,” Mr. Carter said. “Now, some of these things we’ll never be able to compromise on. And we will always have to maintain high standards. But at the same time, these benchmarks must be kept relevant for both today’s force and tomorrow’s, meaning we have to ensure they’re not unnecessarily restrictive.”

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Wicked Wicker: Enlistment bonus scandal is a great thing for America’s youth Columns Featured Scandal 

Wicked Wicker: Enlistment bonus scandal is a great thing for America’s youth

So the Department of Defense is screwing a bunch of troops who put their asses on the line in Afghanistan and Iraq. DOD is making them repay enlistment bonuses worth tens of thousands of dollars each. Troops who were literally blown to pieces are having their credit ruined, their reputations destroyed, and the lives upturned because of DOD’s collection efforts. I personally think this is wonderful.

Basically, the recruiters lied to these kids, put them in for enlistment bonuses that far exceeded what they qualified for, sent them off to the meat-grinder, and then once DOD got what they needed from them: fuck you, pay it back. This needs to be front page news for every paper in the country.

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