The concept of good order and discipline in the military ranks is under attack from a curious enemy - the status quo.
Yesterday, Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in effect rejected proposals that would have removed decisions regarding prosecution of sexual assaults and related crimes from the chain of command. The most sweeping proposal to address the epidemic of sex crimes in the military had been put forward by New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Sen. Gillibrand's proposal would have given prosecutorial discretion in such cases not to a court-martial convening authority in the chain of command, but to relatively independent military prosecutors. The proposal would also have ended the convening authority's power to reverse convictions found by a court-martial, leaving an appeal path to the US Court of Military Appeals (a special US Circuit Court of Appeals), via a Court of Military Review.
Today is the day to call Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, and urge them to not allow the status quo to undermine good order and discipline in the ranks, and continue to land mine the pursuit of justice for victims of these crimes in our ranks.