Corruption in Arizona National Guard, from "bum-hunts" to sexual harassment

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  1. Boundegar says:

    Isn’t Arizona just the most interesting corner of this great nation?

  2. Chuck says:

    Whenever I hear about someone using their position in the military to abuse people, and especially to work against the welfare and duties of their fellow soldiers, I can’t help but think of their behavior as treasonous. (I know, it probably doesn’t fit the legal definition.) At the very least, it seems like these guys never intended to perform their duties, opting instead to lie and cheat their way into positions of authority to be used for nothing more than a safe place to operate from as they exploited the landscape of the military to act out whatever the sadistic maladies inhabiting their minds compel them to do.

    • John Vance says:

      What’s fascinating and terrifying is how many *other* individuals were complicit in this. One always hears about the honorable individuals who join our military for the noble purpose of protecting the US from harm. It seems more and more, anecdotally at least, that the military deliberately seeks out the most crude, sadistic, lowest-common-denominators it can find.

      For those military apologists who would say this is an isolated case and not representative of the majority: you may be correct.  But statistically speaking, how do you wind up with such a concentration of jackasses without it being widespread?

      • ldobe says:

        The recruiting surge that began in 2001 is long over. Now that our service men and women have been returning in pineboxes or alive with terrible psychological scarring, the young people aren’t as willing to go marching off to war.

        The military has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for at least five years. When you’re fighting wars all the time, don’t have a draft, and the young people who are qualified for the job are too smart to join up, the thugs, idiots and scum start looking like great soldiers. Any port in a storm, as they say.

        •  You obviously don’t know anyone in the military nor pay much attention.  No, the military isn’t the career of choice for a lot of people but they’re definitely not “scraping the bottom of the barrel.”  I work for the Army (and have for over 10yrs) and have met hundreds if not thousands of smart, motivated and committed young men and women who enlisted not cause they had no other options but because they wanted the challenge, the training, the tradition, the danger, the pension, the….  Yeah, the news has a lot of negatives, but  what you’re seeing is the effect of new-reporting (and the news you read) rather than the day to day reality of the majority of soldiers today.,

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Wrong.

            The longer the war continues, the harder it’s proving to fill the U.S. Army’s ranks. A strong economy also means there are easier jobs around. So the Army is accepting a growing number of new recruits with everythging from health and weight issues to lower academic test scores to criminal records. The number of incoming soldiers with prior felony arrests or convictions has more than tripled in the past five years.

            http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-3115199.html
            Google search results

      • The problem at least with the military is that if you’re signing up now you’re pretty much signing up for an unjust oil war in the middle east.  There’s no glory, you’re not ‘protecting your country’, and you’ll be killing a good number of the civilians you’re supposed to be liberating.

        I think that probably attracts a slightly different type of individual.

        • peterkvt80 says:

          You think that they are signing up for war? More likely signing up for the only affordable healthcare plan.

          • Some of that too, for sure – that’s a US specific side of it I hadn’t considered.

            In the UK we don’t have that issue though, our job prospects also aren’t quite as dire as across the pond – so on the most part I chalk joining the army up to wanting to be in the army. Or at least wanting to join the army instead of working in a Warehouse. For me at least I’d pick the warehouse every time, but then some people like the idea of shooting shit.

          • . says:

            But there’s no danger

            It’s a professional career

            Though it could be arranged

            With just a word in Mr. Churchill’s ear

            If you’re out of luck or out of work

            We could send you to Johannesburg

    • Judas Peckerwood says:

      Sadists in uniform, you say? When did THAT start?!!!

  3. It’s hard to respect anyone in uniform when stuff like that happens.

  4. John Bodart says:

    They should have sent him to guantanamo bay as a prisoner for a few months.

    • Judas Peckerwood says:

      Hah! I’m surprised that he wasn’t promoted to Commanding Officer at Guantanamo. Anyway, I’m sure he has a bright future as a corrections officer in one of our better-quality domestic prisons.

  5. plyx says:

    I wonder which way Amerson’s vote swings?

  6. So he’s off to prison I assume?

  7. pacificwaters says:

    A SFC is NOT a senior officer.

  8. Look at it this way, it’s soo much better to see this in a recruiter before you’ve irrevocably signed up for several years than in a superior after your already committed.

  9. oasisob1 says:

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  10. psulli says:

    The US likes to reckon that its intellectual forebearer was the ancient Greeks.

    We say Athens, but we mean Sparta.

  11. I’m approaching retirement age and my desire to move to Arizona in the winters is dropping fast.  Maybe I’ll just endure these Montana winters for a few more years.

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