According to an article in the Military Times, the introduction of civilian authorities handling military sexual assault cases could prove to be interesting. It’s questionable if it will ever get out of the legislature, but an interesting concept, nevertheless. How will that affect discipline and readiness? How is the military going to handle referrals to this newly established group? Where in that decision tree will be the military’s decision point of removing themselves from the process. What authority will this body have over issues dealing with retention? Will the concept ever see the light of day?
“The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said he is considering plans to establish an independent prosecutor to handle all sex crimes in the military, a potentially major change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice stemming from years of frustration over the Defense Department’s handling of the issue.”