On Thursday, DoD published a new policy covering all forms of harassment: DoD Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces.“(PDF) The policy covers sexual harassment, bullying, hazing, reprisals for sexual assault complaints, and harassment in general. While complaint mechanisms…Read More »
Swords to Plowshares has published a new self-help guide for veterans on discharge review, “Upgrading Your Discharge and Changing the Reason for Your Discharge.” It’s comprehensive, easy to understand, and covers the recent Hagel and Kurta memos on cases involving PTSD, TBI,…Read More »
On Oct. 30, the US District Court in Washington, DC ordered a preliminary injunction to halt Pres. Trump’s ban on transgender servicemembers. Congratulations to John & Jane Does I to VI, the plaintiffs, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the…Read More »
Bullying and hazing are extremely serious problems in the military, but DoD and service regulations provide important protections for victims. In recent years, considerable public attention has focused on hazing and bullying within the military, particularly in the Marine Corps. Media and Congressional…Read More »
By Kathy Gilberd | Online Feature In July 2017, the Military Law Task Force (which started in 1970, see “Born in Vietnam,” On Watch, October 2015) and friends celebrate the 40th anniversary of On Watch, an invaluable resource for the Task Force…Read More »
On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. Although the Act deals primarily with funds and authorizations for the military’s bloated budget, it always contains policies affecting military personnel and veterans.