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A former Pentagon official says the “erosion of discipline” within the US military is partly because of some policies adopted by the Obama administration in recent years.|
Michael Maloof, a former pentagon official, told Press TV on Monday that “allowing more women in the military, in the infantry ladder,” and the “openly gay performance” were among the reasons for an increased sexual misconduct.
“A lot of troops probably feel they can get away with things and not get caught,” he said. “It is creating a discipline problem in the military.”
Maloof noted that despite a great number of female victims of sexual violence in the military, there has been also a recent spike in “male on male incidents.”
He said “the military was never designed to be a social experimentation, and basically what the Obama administration is allowing” is creating all kinds of confusion.
There has been an ordinance for high ranking officers “subjected to or involved in alleged drugs or sexual misconducts,” Maloof added.
A new investigation shows that sexual misconduct among military brass has been spiraling in recent years.
One of the cases involve Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, who publicly warned his troops at Fort Jackson, S.C. that the Army had “zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault,” but he himself physically assaulted a woman on multiple occasions.
Since November 2012, when David H. Petraeus, the CIA director and most renowned Army general of his generation, resigned over an adulterous affair, the US armed forces have struggled to cope with similar disclosures about high-ranking commanders.
The US Navy has recently been confounded by a sex-and-bribery scandal that federal investigators say has reached high into the officer corps.
The US Defense Department estimated that reported cases of sexual abuse in the military increased nearly 40 percent in 2012 to about 26,000 cases from 19,000 in 2011.
In December, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that would bar military commanders from overturning jury convictions in sexual assault and rape cases.