Thank you Sebe. You are thoughtful and more than a wee bit insightful as to how I think.
My wife was Captain of the BI cheerleaders back in the day. She also worked for the Federal Government. Nothing like a beautiful cheerleader to raise ones.....spirit.
Hi Jimmy - to you and Mrs. Jimmy I say: "All Hail The Captains!"
When I read this article about 1LT Washburn, it was right on the heels of reading an article which contained the essence of the information contained in this one:
After digesting both articles, I thought back to my days in the Army and my work in support of the military justice system. The resources of the military justice system back then - in the days of a very small "Women's Army Corps" - was barely able to keep up with all of the "other-than-sexual-harassment crimes" that were being committed. Then as now considering sexual harassment, the numbers really do tell the tale: far fewer women equaled far fewer cases; far more women equal far more cases.
I have no doubt that these new laws/restrictions/rules/regulations/procedures are necessary in the military work environment which we as a society have permitted to evolve over the past 65 years or so. However, when it comes to killing "our enemies" in the interests of "our national security," I have been, am now, and forever shall be a sexist. Warfighting is a job best conducted by MEN. Social experimentation is an unnecessary distraction which requires a monumental number of laws/restrictions/rules/regulations/procedures and an infrastructure to enable them WHICH JUST ISN'T WORTH THE EFFORT. We haven't eliminated (or even gotten a handle on) sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, etc., in the civilian community. I believe we are deluding ourselves if we think we can "solve the problem" in the military, which has always been demonstrated as a "microcosm of society."
Just like politics, I believe our thinking on this issue will cyclically return to "the way it was always done" back when. If and when that happens, I truly believe that we'll all be the better for it - especially our warfighting capability.
...and in fact - thinking more about it - in my first military unit (which was brigade-sized), we had exactly one female. Consequently, there were no "sexual harassment" cases. The woman was the Colonel's civilian secretary, and when some of those crusty old E-7's came around and tried to "harass" her, the Colonel or his deputy kicked their butts.
Simpler times made for easy solutions to far less complicated problems.