You know the type. Full of that toxic stew of bitterness, insecurity, and self-loathing.
Usually divorced once or twice, or never married - few if any children. Never quite look comfortable in ill-fitting khakis bought 15 lbs ago, and make no effort to go to a tailor to get a proper set made.
It isn't available on-line, but I'll quote a few choice bits for you.
(RADM) Halloway said his office has studies that clearly show sexual assault are more likely to occur in an environment that allows degradation of any race or gender, whether through jokes, fraternization or harassment.OK - ask those 18-25 year old Sailors and Marines who have spent most of their prime years in IRQ and AFG - and who almost never get a chance to see a woman actually looking like a woman, and enjoying something - like "cheerleaders and Hooters girls" - that their countrymen at college and professional sports events see in person or on TV. (for the record - my house is full of females who actually have no problem with cheerleaders (are actually friends of cheerleaders at school) and we go as a family to Hooters)
"We want to stop that, and make that connection clear," he said.
The issue was a hot topic among the nearly 1,000 attendees of the 23rd annual Women's Leadership Symposium, held June 2-3 in Washington. Specifically, many Navy women voiced their displeasure with base visits by and photo ops with "cheerleaders and Hooters girls" - an activity one commander called "insulting to professional sailors."
Where is the "cultural sensitivity" and "celebration of diversity" for those young men AND women who enjoy professional cheerleaders and good coastal Southern food?
RADM Halloway - I guess it is easier to listen to your Diversity and "Woman in the Service" advisors than to do anything as hard as going after the 18-yr old being impregnated in fan rooms by 30-yr old E-6s - or prostitution on ship.
Cheap grace from the grievance industry is professionally rewarding though. While you are basking in it though - just don't ask for feedback from those young Sailors and Marines who are giving up their youth to serve you, and might want to feel like an American for a few minutes before putting their lives back on the line.
Oh, and I owe Lance a beer for creative writing. In the first paragraph we read,
Advancement exams will include questions about sexual assault, bystanders will be held accountable for not stopping an assault and base visits by scantily clad cheerleaders will be more closely scrutinized.Ummmm, yep. By 85% of the Fleet, and 97% of those Sailors and Marines under 25 who just ask for a few minutes of the USA they are defending.
If you think that is bad - well put your face in your palm now.
One of our friends here on the blog had his stopwatch going the other day when RDML Aucoin visited. 1/3 of his time was on sexual harrassment.
UNCLASSIFIED//Are we talking about pr0n and "training videos" going on in the background?
PERSONAL FOR COMMODORES, CAPTAINS, COMMAND MASTER CHIEFS, WARDROOMS AND CPO MESSES, INFO VADMS WILLIAMS, CURTIS, DALY, RADM BUSS, MR. MURPHY, RDMLS HOWARD, DRISCOLL, DAVIDSON, AND CAPT HESTERMAN FROM THOMAS SUBJ/PREVENTION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT// RMKS/1. YESTERDAY, DURING A BRIEF VISIT TO ONE OF OUR SHIPS, I OBSERVED BEHAVIOR AND FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP THAT ANGERED, SHOCKED AND DEEPLY ALARMED ME. IN SEVERAL OFFICE AND CONTROL SPACES, I OBSERVED PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED, SEXUALLY EXPLICIT, AND GENDER-DEMEANING MATERIALS.
THESE MATERIALS WERE INTENTIONAL AND UNEQUIVOCAL STATEMENTS OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND INTIMIDATION. THEY WERE FOUND IN PLAIN VIEW, IN COMMON SPACES FREQUENTED BY THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP. MOST DISTURBING WAS THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION BY KHAKI LEADERSHIP IN PERPETUATING THIS UNACCEPTABLE AND INCREDIBLY UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR.
2. COMMODORES, CAPTAINS, MASTER CHIEFS, WARDROOMS, CPO MESSES: WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR NAVY THAT "BUSINESS AS USUAL" WILL NOT SOLVE. YOUR TACIT APPROVAL THROUGH INACTION IS UNACCEPTABLE. IF YOU BELIEVE ZERO TOLERANCE IMPLIES THAT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT BEGINS ONLY AFTER AN INCIDENT OCCURS, THEN YOU'VE ENTIRELY MISSED THE MARK. IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST PULL DOWN THE BLATANT SYMBOLS OF THE BEHAVIOR DESCRIBED ABOVE: I NEED YOU TO DEMAND AND LEAD--IN EVERY WORKCENTER IN EVERY SHIP, IN EVERY CODE IN EVERY OFFICE--A PROACTIVE CAMPAIGN TO EXTIRPATE THOSE WHO JUST DON'T, OR WON'T, GET IT.
3. THE BEHAVIOR DESCRIBED ABOVE CREATES A PERVASIVE, CORROSIVE CLIMATE THAT IS INCREDIBLY DELETERIOUS TO MORALE, UNIT COHESION, AND READINESS. IT IS THE ANTITHESIS OF OUR NAVY ETHOS AND SAILOR'S CREED.
4. OUR NAVY IS BETTER THAN THAT. YOUR SHIP IS BETTER THAN THAT.
YOUR SAILORS...EVERY ONE OF THEM...DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT.
EMBRACE YOUR ROLE AS A LEADER AND NAVAL PROFESSIONAL; SET, ENFORCE AND LIVE TO THE HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONALISM AND EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOR OUR SERVICE DEMANDS AND WHICH YOU, BY YOUR OATH, SWORE TO UPHOLD.
5. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU, BY E-MAIL, MESSAGE, OR IN PERSON, ON THIS SUBJECT. TELL ME WHAT YOU ARE DOING ABOUT THIS IN YOUR SHIP.//
No. After this message - a copy of this was removed from the Chiefs Mess of a USN ship.
Words have meaning and help you understand the mindset of the person who uses them.
ex·tir·pate [ek-ster-peyt, ik-stur-peyt]I can't make this stuff up - and I cannot really ping on Aucoin or other junior Flag Officers ... no ... I can't. This Orwelian environment is one of CNO Roughead's big pushes this year. What else can they do?
–verb (used with object), -pat·ed, -pat·ing.
1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate.
2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.
I guess shipbuilding, maintenance, readiness, and weaponeering is too hard and not as fun; I guess. I am sure they worked so hard to make Flag so they could send out P4s like this; I guess. It is great to be a Flag Officer in a time of war; I guess.