New leader at Lackland after scandal

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From the San Antonio Express News:

The Air Force chose a woman Saturday to lead its basic training unit at a Texas base where dozens of female recruits have alleged they were sexually assaulted or harassed by male instructors within the past year. Col. Deborah Liddick is taking command of the 737th Training Group, bringing a distinctly new face of authority to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Six male instructors have been charged with crimes ranging from rape to adultery, and there are others still under investigation.

Why am I writing about this? you may ask, reasonably enough. The answer is that it is very odd that six male instructors have been charged with crimes “ranging from rape to adultery,” and there are others “still under investigation,” for the simple reason that adultery is not a crime in Texas. I’m all for getting to the bottom of the harassment and abuse directed against women in the basic training unit, but I seriously doubt that any instructors were charged with adultery, since adultery is not a crime in Texas. It is punishable, however, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The answer is, “It (punishment of adultery) depends upon the circumstances,” which generally means whether it is matter of morale.

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