GUARD "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"
The so-called "leadership" of the Kentucky Army National Guard has wimped out when it comes to disciplining women members of the 410th Quartermaster Company who merrily posed for naked and semi-nude pictures, holding M-16 rifles and "wearing" tiny American flag decals on certain intimate parts of their bodies.
When a CD containing some 232 images was leaked to our friends at the Louisville Courier-Journal and they wrote about it, the brass bent over backwards, or was it forwards, to be "politically correct." Vowing an "investigation," the final result was actually a white-wash.
None of the 11 women in the 120-member unit were properly disciplined, in fact, they all got to deploy to Iraq with their company! The brass decided to impose "non-judicial punishment" on the offenders, which they think safely keeps what happened from prying eyes of reporters and MilitaryCorruption.com. NJP, as it's called, can consist of as much as a fine and loss of a stripe, to as little as a "slap on the wrist," a wink, and toothless admonition "don't do that any more."
MALE SOLDIERS WOULD HAVE BEEN COURT-MARTIALED
We wonder what would have happened if male members of the 410th had done the very same thing? Would the commander and Guard leaders have been so "tolerant" of that behavior, especially when weapons and partial uniforms were involved? We think GIs would have been put up for court-martial and drummed out of the military.
What was the Guard thinking of, letting these women deploy to Iraq, after they knew these photos had circulated throughout the unit? You can be sure if the Courier-Journal and MCC have copies, individual members of the 410th Quartermaster Company do as well.
We can see it now. The unit commander can truthfully say that he "really" knows his females like no other Guard boss. He has "seen" their, shall we say, "finer points." Dim-witted MAJ Jay Adams actually said the women are now "supporting the war effort" in Iraq. By doing what? On second thought, maybe we don't need to ask.
DOUBLE-STANDARD OF JUSTICE DESTROYS MORALE
Whatever happened to the regulation against "bringing discredit" to the armed forces? We recall not so long ago, a female Navy petty officer was processed out of the service as soon as her naked pictures were published in PLAYBOY. And she wasn't holding a combat rifle or as nude as some of these females. Of course, she was better looking, but still.
Whenever you have a glaring double-standard of justice like the one that exists today in the Kentucky Army Guard, you have destruction of morale. Sure, there's laughs and winks at first at what the gals got away with, and continue to, but in the final analysis, how can the troops respect their commander when he caves in to "political correctness?" Wimping out is not the answer. Army regs aren't meant to be separate for males and females. They're supposed to cover everybody. Condoning such behavior is an insult to the many women who have worked so hard to be taken seriously and deserve respect and equality in our armed forces? What about them?
"As far as the leadership of the Kentucky National Guard is concerned, this incident is now closed," bleated Lt. Col. Phil Miller. We beg to disagree. It is NOT closed. You've made the front page of MilitaryCorruption.com, pal, and your comment will be noted by our many readers, especially in the Pentagon. Your problems may be just beginning.