“Pretty’ soldier controversy results in removal of one officer and internal TRADOC investigation. Army Times coverage here.

A former Army pilot was sentenced to close to two years in jail for stealing more than $1 million in spare parts from the government during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Watertow Daily Times reports here on the sentencing in Fayetteville.

Air Force Times reports here that more than 100 retired generals have signed on to voice opposition to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s. As the article notes, there are two competing proposals from Democratic Senators:
The 2013 Military Justice Improvement

Act, authored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would move the decision whether to prosecute any crime punishable by one year or more to military attorneys. Commanders would still be responsible for deciding whether to send to court-martial 37 offenses, such as disobeying orders or being absent without leave.

The bill is the more controversial of two that propose changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice aimed at reducing sexual assault across the services.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has proposed a bill that would leave the power to prosecute crimes within the chain of command but strip commanders of the authority to change or dismiss a court-martial verdict except when the offenses are minor. It would also require a convening authority to hear from a victim before modifying a sentence — and provide a written explanation for any changes.

. Bahrain says it captured two suspected terrorist plotters who were previously held at Gitmo, Miami Herald report here. This is only the latest example of former Gitmo residents turning to the cause orb terrorism, see e.g. this Wiki page (which I can’t vouch forbthe accuracy).

5 Responses to “Military Justice News for Nov. 25, 2013”

  1. Christian Deichert says:

    I think change at this point seems inevitable.  If I had to choose, I hope it will come through Sen. McCaskill’s bill and not Sen. Gillibrand’s.  I guess we’ll see.

  2. Advocaat says:

    Why can’t the armed forces have a discussion about how looks impact perception?  I think the colonel’s belief that ugly soldiers are perceived as competent is off the mark, but who doesn’t have a story where appearances mattered in the military?

  3. stewie says:

    Usually the studies show that the more attractive you are, male or female, the more competent you are judged to be.  I doubt that would be any different in the military.

  4. rob klant says:

    I’d be interested in reading a study examing a study Advocaat’s question in the military.
    Yes, per Stewie, looks matter, but what are the norms for male and female “attractiveness” with in the military.
    I have no reason to believe they are necessarily the same aas for the prevailing civilian culture, at least among those members who have been fully acculturated within the military.
    But, whatever the findings, such a study might have implications for the development of strategies to address sexual assault and other lesser forms of degrading and humiliating behavior such as maltreatment and hazing.  

  5. Some Army Guy says:

    I do believe that a female, wearing full battle rattle, with touched up makeup and an unblemished face doesn’t look competent in soldier skills.  Similarly, a male soldier looking clean and with well-groomed, fashionable hair would look similarly out of place.  Most posters and releases highlighting soldiers show portray a rough, gritty image.  But this colonel was referring g specifically to a touched-up picture of an attractive female soldier.