Saturday, August 19, 2006

Military Recruiters enforce "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by personally confirming recruits' heterosexuality

Here's what Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, said in the AP story on sexual misconduct by military recruiters:

There's a power dynamic here that's obviously very sensitive. Let's face it, these guys are handsome in their uniform, they're mature, they give a lot of attention to these girls, and as recruiters they do a lot of the same things that guys do when they want to appeal to girls. There's a very fine line there, and it can be very hard to maintain a professional approach.

Well, Ms. Donnelly, at least the recruiters are personally verifying that these patriotic young women aren't lesbians. Whether they, or their male counterparts, are well and fully qualified to volunteer for military service doesn't seem to be all that important to the Center for Military Readiness, as you don't seem to have anything to say about all the other recruiting violations, let alone encouraging real American heterosexuals to Be A Man (or Woman)! Enlist!

The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) would have a lot more credibility if it truly focused on how "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" harms military readiness.

UPDATE: Here's the CMR commentary on sexual assault allegations, "How to Distinguish Truthful Allegations from False Ones." It's worth a close and careful read. All of that said, however, in the military recruiting context, the recruiter is the adult in a position of trust. For very good reasons, military regulations prohibit any contact between recruiters and prospects that is not required by the recruiting mission. The recruiter's conduct in maintaining a professional approach remains his responsibility.


At 19 August, 2006 23:17, Anonymous DJ said...

This is bullshit. The Center for Military Readiness makes it sound like the women wanted to be raped, that they were so attracted to these guys because "they're handsome in their uniform, they're mature, and they give a lot of attention to these girls" that they didn't seem to mind when the recruiters sexually assaulted them.

These recruiters bring shame upon all Soldiers in the US Army, including myself, and I'm not about to waste a minute defending them.

At 20 August, 2006 11:12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with dj. There is no way to joke about young women being raped and sexually harassed.

This is the type of topic when you forgoe satire and just rip into hide-bound, archaic "she was asking for it" thinking directly.

The recruiters who perpetrated these acts are wrong, the organization which is apparently making excuses for their unacceptable behavior is wrong and they all need to be disciplined for it.

And let's just note the victims here: 16 - 18 years old. For how many of them was rape their first sexual experience? Let that sink in for a second.

At 20 August, 2006 12:27, Blogger Karl said...

Thank you. I fully agree. A military recruiter, whether granted access to a high school or not, is in a position of trust and has a special, professional responsibility to himself and his service. This covers all contacts with prospective recruits, regardless of any poor judgment some prospects may have. The recruiter is the adult.

Military regulations ban all contacts between recruiters and prospective recruits that are not required by the recruiting mission.

The least these guys can do is seek social contacts only outside their recruiting mission. Why not check out the College and Young Republicans? They're not interested in enlisting, so there's no conflict of interest there.

At 20 August, 2006 15:20, Blogger Call to Duty said...

-- The U.S. Armed Forces are values-based organizations that view allegations of recruiter impropriety very seriously, fully investigate those accusations and prosecute violators as appropriate based upon evidence obtained during inquiries. The Associated Press story is based, in fact, on the efforts of the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the U.S. Army to investigate, solve and deal with these allegations for the past 10 years. In fact, the cases the Associated Press cites are military investigations -- cases where your military is policing itself.

-- The Army trains its recruiters extensively to speak with aspiring recruits without using deception, misrepresentation, falsifying records, coercion or harassment. The Army has a formal and proven system for tracking and reporting potential and actual recruiter misconduct as well as a quality assurance system and program to identify recruiter behavior patterns to reveal irregularities.

-- The range of outcomes in the cases over a 10-year period discussed Aug. 17 in a story by the Associated Press ranged from reprimands, through general discharge from the U.S. Army, up to courts-martial.

-- There are more than 13,500 Soldiers serving as Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve recruiters in cities and towns across America, serving their country with integrity and pride.

At 20 August, 2006 20:54, Blogger Karl said...

Call to Duty-

You are quite right that the vast majority of military recruiters serve their country, and their local communities, with integrity and pride, and that the abuses reported by the AP resulted from the military policing itself.

I sincerely doubt that the AP would have bothered to listen to anyone otherwise, let alone write a story.

Thank you for completing the record.

At 23 August, 2006 17:44, Anonymous Samwise Galenorn said...

For a woman to be in the military is to exposse them to continual sexual harrassment. It is wide spread, and there isn't much recourse for them to retaliate. This story about the recruiters is just a small part of the larger problem of women being mistreated in the military.

At 24 August, 2006 20:36, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Military Recruiters enforce "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by personally confirming recruits' heterosexuality

...or at least confirms their non-homosexuality. One can do 1000 heterosexual acts and give Ghenghis Khan a run for his money but just one homosexual and for all that is good and holy you're gone.

Anyway, if you ever want to get out of any draft, just hit on your recuiter (of the same sex).

At 25 August, 2006 23:39, Blogger phinky said...

The Center for Military Readiness is a conservative think tank that opposes women serving in the military in any capacity. It also opposes homosexuals serving as well. They do a great disservice to this country. Their ideas actually promote sexual harrassment and discrimination because CMR propaganda leads male soldiers to believe that females are "getting over" due to the nature of physical fitness standards, duty restrictions because of pregnancy, or the military's generous (compared to the civilian world's) maternity leave policies.


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