Sex Scandals
December 1, 2005

Episodic sex scandals have swept through the military with the fury of Category Five hurricanes, destroying careers, depressing morale, and altering the cultural landscape. What appears to be an endless cycle of storms with names such as Tailhook, Aberdeen, Abu Ghraib and alleged abuse at the Air Force Academyhave been painful, but useful reforms have been made.

The situation could worsen, however, if Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld invites civilian “women’s advocates” to “fix” the male-dominated military from a new power base in the Pentagon. Sexual assault should be punished promptly at the local level, but the military does not need an “Office of Male Bashing”in the Pentagon. . . Read More

December 1, 2005

Rumsfeld Should Reject Feminist Boondoggle

Imagine these future scenarios: A junior female soldier has an affair with an infantry officer in Iraq. When the relationship cools she revengefully accuses him of sexual assault. Her e-mailed complaint activates the Office of the Victim Advocate in the Pentagon. OVAofficials pressure the accused officer’s commander to remove him from his unit on the eve of battle.

At the Naval Academy, a female midshipman willingly parties with a classmate. Both have broken rules against alcohol and sex in Bancroft Hall, but to escape punishment she accuses him of sexual assault. The male midshipman is threatened with criminal prosecution and dismissal. . . Read More

November 23, 2004
To Dennis Hastert - Speaker of the House
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DoD Support for Boy Scouts Read More

November 23, 2004
To Bill Frist - Senate Majority Leader
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DoD Support for Boy Scouts Read More

June 12, 2003

A 33 year-old female Marine gave birth to a healthy 7-pound baby boy on May 23, while she was aboard the warship USS Boxer.  The amphibious vessel was deployed at the time in a war zone near Kuwait, where the unnamed staff sergeant was assigned to a ground unit. 

A Pentagon official told the Washington Times that the Marine did not tell anyone she was pregnant because she did not know that she was.  Names were withheld pending notification of her immediate family. . . Read More

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