Without question, the single biggest "people" challenge for military leadership these days is the festering and toxic problem of sexual assault and harassment between military personnel throughout the armed forces. More than just a “social deviation” or “barracks problem,” sexual assault in particular has followed American forces overseas and into combat arena, wherever they have gone since women were integrated into the force. And sadly, the problem only continues to grow and become worse as time has gone on. The Uniform Code of Military Justice has proven both in adequate and inapt in properly punishing those accused of these crimes, which is made even worse thanks to the perceived “Old Boy” network within America's military. Sadly, in the opinions of many informed analysts, military personnel, particularly women, are more endangered by their fellow warriors than the enemies outside the barbed wire.
For over 6 months, military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham has worked to bring this edition of Military Monday to listeners to talk about this scourge on our military personnel. So please login at 1 p.m. Eastern on December 16th, and listen to what he and USAToday journalist Kelly Kennedy have to say on the subject. Kennedy, a combat journalist and author of the book They Fought For Each Other, will discuss the uncomfortable realities of sexual assault and harassment in today's American military, and hopefully provide listeners with some genuine insight into this tragic and unresolved crisis within our services. Listeners are encouraged to call in, both to ask questions and offer their opinions on the matter.
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