Culprit in a Third of Military's Top Brass Firings? Sex
Rise in ethical lapses alarms military
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 4:34 AM CST
This photo provided by the US Army shows Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair.    (AP Photo/US Army, File)

(Newser) – The US military has a sex problem. Sexual misconduct has been the leading reason for the firing of military commanders over the last eight years, accounting for almost one-third, or 78 of 255 firings since 2005, an AP analysis of statistics finds. Notably among them was Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who was relieved of his command in Afghanistan last year and now faces a court-martial on charges of sodomy, adultery, and pornography. Alcohol and drug-related problems were the cause of another 27 firings.

The military has launched a review of ethics training, though officials say they're not sure what's behind the surge in ethical lapses. "It's troublesome," says Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy's top spokesman. "Navy leadership is taking a look at why personal conduct seems to be a growing reason for why commanding officers are losing their commands. We're trying to get to the root causes. We don't really fully understand it."

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Jan 22, 2013 9:05 AM CST
Fired for "sodomy, adultery, and pornography." Civilian employers can't fire people for those behaviors. People in the military, officers included, are not any more or less moral than civilians. Certainly there are some differences in the particulars of that morality. (For example, there is a greater emphasis on obedience and conformity in the military, and less emphasis on self expression.) But, imagine if every CEO, CFO, COO, or board member of a corporation who ever cheated on their spouse or visited a prostitute were brought up on disciplinary charges in a private court system and fired. I would be very interested to see statistics comparing the frequency of questionable behaviors among people in similar positions in the military and civilian spheres. I would expect to find that these behaviors are equally common in both worlds, or perhaps less common among those who work under direct threat of termination for said behavior.
Jan 21, 2013 2:24 PM CST
Double or nothing it is because the widespread availability of very hardcore, extreme porn and the way it can normalize some of the most obscene behavior.
Jan 21, 2013 10:27 AM CST
Our military has become a welfare state.