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Well, Otter got home yesterday, but her choice of TV shows is horrible. She was watching 60 Minutes when a story about a gay Army (oxymoron? 😉 ) veteran comes on. They kept trying to make a big deal out of the fact that he was kicked out, eight days short of 20 years, over the fact that he was gay. The biggest issue is, it was only part of it.
The show’s favorite quote from the idiot is, “I kept all of my relations completely separate between my military life and duties and my private life. That was absolute.” Yeah sure, which is why he went out and had an improper relationship with a 19-year old private. Hello? Ever heard of fraternization? Any heterosexual Col(S) who pulled that kind of shit with a 19-year old enlisted member would get the same penalty (dismissal).
In fact, he got off lucky. The maximum penalty under Article 134 is “Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 2 years.” Smart Guy could also have been prosecuted under Article 94, Failure to obey order or regulation. The maximum penalty for that is “Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 2 years.” None of that happened, he was just made to leave the service. Hell, he even gets a small reserve pay still. His ass is lucky to get anything, but he can’t seem to get the idea that a fundamental part of being in military is that the laws apply to everyone, and they are enforced equally across the board. No one deserves a blind eye in a justice system, especially a 20 year veteran who knows the law.
There is no bias here, but the issue is that the Looney Left continues to see the military’s only use as being a social lab for agendas they want to force on the American people. God forbid that we should be permitted to keep good order and discipline while we train to kill America’s enemies.