Sunday, August 20, 2006

Uncle Sam Wants You!

It’s interesting that the military and the church have always shared similar members. Both institutions are old, hierarchical, and traditional. Members are drawn to them both by the call of service to something greater than themselves. But they can be alike in other ways. Sometimes they are misogynistic and prey upon those seeking entrance.

According to this six month Associated Press study "more than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters. Women were raped on recruiting office couches, assaulted in government cars and groped en route to entrance exams."

I hate to say it but the military is also looking like the Catholic church in terms of sexual cover-ups as well. The matters are largely dealt with in-house and the stories contained so the military doesn't look bad. Recruiters "convicted" of sexual misconduct the "punishment" is just a slap on the wrist.

"Most recruiters found guilty of sexual misconduct are disciplined administratively, facing a reduction in rank or forfeiture of pay; military and civilian prosecutions are rare" the article says.

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