EDITORIAL : RANK MISCONDUCT ARMY SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL IS EVEN MORE SERIOUS THAN THE TAILHOOK AFFAIR.The Army, by all accounts so far, is moving aggressively to deal with reports of sexual harassment sexual harassment, in law, verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, aimed at a particular person or group of people, especially in the workplace or in academic or other institutional settings, that is actionable, as in tort or under equal-opportunity statutes. - and worse - of women recruits by male commissioned and noncommissioned officers non·com·mis·sioned officer
n. Abbr. NCO
An enlisted member of the armed forces, such as a corporal, sergeant, or petty officer, appointed to a rank conferring leadership over other enlisted personnel. in training programs. Such action is essential because this matter is far more serious than the Navy's Tailhook scandal.
Tailhook involved totally improper sexual conduct and rowdiness row·dy
n. pl. row·dies
A rough, disorderly person.
adj. row·di·er, row·di·est
Disorderly; rough: rowdy teenagers; a rowdy beer party. by some off-duty aviators Well-known aviators
People largely known for their contributions to the history of aviation
While all of these people were pilots (and some still are), many are also noted for contributions in areas such as aircraft design and manufacturing, navigation or at a convention of an organization that had a reputation for accommodating such goings-on. The Tailhook affair was aggravated ag·gra·vate
tr.v. ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing, ag·gra·vates
1. To make worse or more troublesome.
2. To rouse to exasperation or anger; provoke. See Synonyms at annoy. by attempts of higher-ups to cover up what happened.
But as bad as Tailhook was, it pales in comparison with the latest military sex scandal. That's because the reported misconduct represents a dangerous breakdown in military discipline.
As Lynn Hecht Schafran, a lawyer with the National Organization of Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund, put it, ``You are taught that your commander is your god, and when your commander says jump, you jump.''
But there's more to it than that. Military commanders also have an obligation to respect the rights and look out for the well-being of their subordinates. Therefore, commanders who engage in or even tolerate improper treatment of their subordinates betray the trust that has been placed in them. Such conduct, if unchecked, can cause enormous damage to morale and even military readiness.
Defense Secretary William Perry
The armed forces have their marching orders. Commissioned and noncommissioned officers who can't live with them should seek employment elsewhere because it's obvious that they are unfit to command.