HASC Hearing on AF Recruit Sexual Assaults
NYT has coverage, here, of yesterday’s hearing on the Lackland recruit sexual assault cases.  The AF Chief of Staff and head of Education and Training testified about the command climate and leadership environment that allowed the incidents to occur, according to the Times. Here is more info from the House Armed Services Committee website, including a link to video of the hearing.

Allen NATO Nomination Back on Track
Here is WSJ coverage of the White House announcement that Gen. John Allen’s nomination as the NATO SAC will move forward now that the DoD IG found no misconduct. As we reported, here, the DoD IG found that General Allen did not commit any misconduct in the email exchanges with a Tampa socialite that came to light in the FBI investigation of Gen (ret) Petraeus’ affair with his biographer.

Navy Alcohol Testing Roll Out
Here is Navy Times coverage of the announced Feb. 4th rollout of alcohol testing for sailors. The story includes this link to the NAVADMIN announcement of the policy. Here is the MARADMIN on the same topic, whicha s the story points out gives MarCorps commanders more flexibility to use the testing in discipline.

5 Responses to “Military Justice News for Jan. 24, 2013”

  1. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    Can anyone out there comment on the new Navy alcohol policy?  Is this just a wave of Puritanism, or is there some factual basis for this?  Is there evidence of increased alcohol use in the Navy, as opposed to, say, 25-30 years ago?  It just seems a bit over the top that a young JAG officer heading into the office for another arduous day of office work is held to the same fitness for duty standard that the FAA uses for airline pilots, a BAC of 0.04.  Such a standard certainly makes sense for duties such as aboard ship or on the flight line, but an across-the-board inflexible unfit-for-duty standard, as set forth in the NAVADMIN, seems a bit much.   

  2. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    I’m curious how the Navy’s policy will affect the Catholic chaplaincy.  Catholics are required to use wine at their daily Masses–at the conclusion of the service, the Priest is required to finish off what’s left in the chalice.  If a military member stops at the chapel for Mass during the duty day, is a sip from the cup enough to ping positive on the test?  What about the poor chaplain who–in accordance with religious practice–finishes the whole cup?  I’m certain that nobody will reach the UCMJ level of intoxication from participation, but I wonder if the chaplains won’t inadvertently face additional scrutiny under the policy.  (“Uh-oh, Chaplain Snuffy needs another ADAPT referral….)

  3. Michael Keyes says:

    As usual with the Catholic Church there is a jesuitical workaround the issue of alcohol in wine: mustum, which is fermented grape juice in which the process is stopped early on and the alcohol content 1% or so, can be used as sacramental wine.  There has to be permission from the Ordinary which in this case is probably the Chief Chaplain’s office so the chaplain can order and use it legally.

  4. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    Oh, that’s interesting and good to know.  I wonder if that’s what they were using in Afghanistan–still alcohol, but not enough to bother anybody.  (I always wondered how the Catholic chaplains got around GO-1B.  I asked the senior JA in AFCENT if it was a violation of GO-1B to drink the cup at Mass, and he just smiled and said no.  That was authoritative enough for me!)

  5. Bill C says:

    Hopefully, the Chaplain does not have a sealed bottle of wine given to him by the local priest.