Under the national radar and for several years there has been what the Associated Press calls "a widening sex scandal" in the Air Force's Training Command at Texas' Lackland AFB and, perhaps, at Training Commands elsewhere. In recent months at least thirty-one servicewomen have come forward as having been victims of a range of sex crimes. A dozen or more male instructors are under investigation.
My hope is that should there be more than allegations here, the men responsible will be tried in criminal court and, if convicted, given terms at the upper limits of sentencing guidelines and for each crime that may be shown to have been perpetrated.
It should be clear-as-a-bell that our armed forces are effective to the extent that all of our people, women and men, may consider service and military careers without fear of being attacked with impunity by their colleagues. We must continually demand that overall military policy squares with our ideals. This includes the imperative that servicemen treat servicewomen with dignity or face expulsion and punishment.