Rape as part of the military recruitment process; this isn't likely to help

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 at 05:02 PM

Rueters is reporting that two women have sued the Marine Corps, the Navy, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee, Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter and two Marine Corps recruiters, alleging that the recruiters forced them to have sex after they expressed interest in joining the Corps.

Both of the recruiters involved were court martialed last year.  Their trial ended with  both being fined and demoted after being found guilty on misconduct charges.  Neither received prison time, but both were recently discharged from the military.

Given the stories of sexual assault and harassment in the military, could the defendants have enough gall to claim the women were just being tested by the recruiters to see if they were going to be able to take the life that the military had in store for them?

Think this is going to be good for recruiting efforts?