Thursday, August 30, 2018

26th MEU's Battalion Landing Team CO fired for out of control Marines...

via Marine Corps Times.
...26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which just recently returned home from a six-month deployment, now tarnished by misconduct, a fired commander, air mishaps and an international incident involving vandalism and drunk and disorderly conduct during a port call in Gaeta, Italy, in April.

At least six junior enlisted Marines were busted down in rank for underage drinking and drunk and disorderly conduct following a port visit on April 21 by the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock New York, according to a series of charge sheets obtained by Marine Corps Times via a Freedom of Information Act request.
...That same month and on the same ship, a lance corporal was busted down one rank after he failed to report a violation of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice — the “wrongful broadcast of an intimate image,” the charge sheet detailed.

Two other Marines were hit with equal opportunity violations. In March, a junior enlisted Marine aboard the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, made a “sexually suggestive comment” that contributed to a hostile work environment, according to a charge sheet.

A staff sergeant was reprimanded for using a “disparaging term towards another person’s race” and drunk and disorderly conduct following a port visit to Limassol, Cyprus, in March. The staff sergeant was forfeited some pay and was placed on restriction for 45 days and received 45 days extra duty.
Story here. 

The title I used was pure click bait.

I've heard of worse happening everyday in the Fleet and this seems like some pretty low level shit to get a BN CO fired over.  

Maybe I'm just cynical.  Maybe I just don't understand.  Maybe this is just how things go these days. And then again maybe I'm just dreaming and the Marine Corps wasn't much more rough and tumble years ago as I think it was.

Alot of this stuff would have been "boys will be boys" slap on the wrist and get on with your life. The punishments here seem a bit heavy for the crime.

But that's me.  What do you guys think?

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