It's at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Apparently there is a concern that a number of the male instructors in the basic training program for female airmen engaged in an activity that is not permitted by military regulations: having sex with the trainees. In one case, the instructor has been charged with rape. Three other instructors face lesser charges. Because of the potential for sexual harassment, there can be no sex between instructor and instructee- because of the power imbalance between the two. The potential for abuse is too obvious. For example: "I can suggest a way for you to improve your grade and stay in the Air Force" wink wink, pointing at crotch.....
I have said it before and I am saying it again. I can't understand the big deal that has been made about gay males in the US military. The REAL problem has been the behavior of straight males regarding their female fellow soldiers. While some have behaved well, many have harassed, spied on, and even assaulted and raped, their female colleagues. In fact, most American women in Iraq were less worried about the terrorists than they were worried about the men in the next tent. Thousands of female soldiers have stories to tell- maybe even tens of thousands.
This scandal has dragged on and on for more than a decade. I can imagine being a US General, and tearing my hair out in frustration at the horrible behaviors of certain male soldiers. In some cases, perps have been punished fittingly. In other cases, a slap on the wrist carries the message that killing the enemy is much more important than behaving in a legally and morally acceptable fashion towards female soldiers.
This has got to stop! Either we have to bring an end to this by punishing the perps to the full extent of the law, or we have to throw up our hands and get rid of all the females in the military. Because they are incompetent or cowardly? No, not at all. The average female soldier does a great job. Okay then- can't throw women out just because they are female- that would be blaming the victim. There are too many males in the military whose mental age goes down to kindergarten whenever a female enters the building. Those males are going to have to change. For God's sake, grow up and stop letting your ****s run your lives!