WASHINGTON – A criminal investigation is underway for at least seven National Guard male soldiers who allegedly photographed and filmed female officers in the barrack’s showers at Fort Dix, NJ.
Today’s statement from the Pentagon claims that the guardsmen filmed female soldiers from the 266th Military Police Company in the fall 2008 before they where deployed to Iraq. Commanders in that country where told about the incidents on May 21 and began the investigation within 24 hours.
The website Stars and Stripes reported that Army spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said that “as many as 21 female soldiers may have been victimized by the men.”
“We’re taking this very seriously, as we would any allegation of misconduct,” Garver told Stars and Stripes. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
God help me, in today’s world I know this is utterly unacceptable behavior. Female soldiers should be treated with sincere and absolute respect . . . but . . . on the other hand . . . MASH is still alive and well in the US Army! Reading this brought up images of Lt. Houlihan, Hawkeye, Klinger and Trapper. I know, I know . . . perhaps we could laugh hardier had it been the women filming the men. Picture a world, if instead of criminal charges, the Army conficated the pictures and the female “victims” simply set out to get even. Wouldn’t it be a more fun place to live?