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By Jeff Lake Following the April 2020 murder of Vanessa Guillen at Fort Hood at the hands of another soldier, the military was forced — thanks to organizing by her family and the resulting public outcry — to appoint an independent commission…Read More »
By Kathleen Gilberd Image Source White supremacist and neo-fascist activity within the military are long-standing problems. They go back at least to the 1970’s, when the Pendleton 14 case exposed an active Ku Klux Klan chapter at that Marine base, and further…Read More »
By Bill Galvin In December the Navy issued new conscientious objector regulations, Milpersman 1900-020. It is essentially the same as the previous version, with some reorganization and minor changes in wording to bring it more in alignment with DODI 1300.06, which was…Read More »
By Jeff Lake As discussed in the last issue of On Watch, the President has issued an Executive Order which allows transgender individuals to enlist and serve openly in the military. This article will review the recent issuance of DoD Instruction 1300.28…Read More »
BY AARON FRISHBERG When Congress passed, and the president signed, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, a bill was included known as the SFC Richard Stayskal Medical Accountability Act. Sergeant Stayskal, for whom the Act was named, was diagnosed with pneumonia…Read More »
In keeping with last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, DoD has just published an interim final rule on administrative claims for servicemembers who are victims of military medical malpractice. It goes into effect July 19. While it doesn’t allow GI’s to sue…Read More »
by James M. Branum In the messaging put out by US military recruiters, one common theme is that the military “protects freedom,” but unfortunately the military itself does a poor job of protecting the rights of its members to engage in their…Read More »